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WHEN DESSERT COMES FIRST

These local eateries will leave you considering dessert the new appetizer..

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WHEN TEAM EFFORTS TRANSFORM A FARM INTO A HOLIDAY ADVENTURE

cover_team Dell’Osso Family Farm is a holiday staple for families and friends in San Joaquin County. By fall, the farm is home to a labyrinth of corn and a plethora of pumpkins. As winter approaches, the farm transforms into a snowy wonderland; something that is rarely seen in the Central Valley. All of the magic becomes possible thanks to the neverending efforts of the team working behind the scenes.

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9TH ANNUAL RUN & WALK AGAINST HUNGER

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Are you athletic and want to help support a good cause? The 9th Annual Run & Walk Against Hunger is slated to take place on Thanksgiving morning in downtown Stockton. Proceeds raised from the event help benefit the Emergency Food Bank & Family Services.

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17TH ANNUAL LODI SANDHILL CRANE FESTIVAL

Sandhill cranes are just one of the many wonders people can enjoy in San Joaquin County. From November 1 – 3, the 17th Annual Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival will take place at Hutchins Street Square to commemorate the return of these beautiful birds.

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STELLA BOUTIQUE

cover_stella Stella Boutique opened its doors last fall to bring the women of Lodi a unique selection of clothing, accessories, handbags, and more. Whether you’re out on a mother-daughter day or just shopping for yourself, Stella Boutique is a place fit for everyone.

SanJoaquin Kids

Back to School

Getting yourself and the kids back into a school-ready schedule is not often the easiest thing to accomplish—kids don't usually like losing the freedom of summer, and parents need to adjust to the additional activities associated with school as well. Getting back into the swing of things doesn't have to be complicated or unpleasant. The following should help make the transition back into school-mode simple and stress-free.

SanJoaquin Kids

Can't Compete with Mom

Grandparents can be a lifesaver once kids are in the picture. They can be great coaches through the unknown for new parents, and offer up the sort of tips and tricks that can only be learned through years of experience. They can be loving and enthusiastic babysitters when you need some grown-up time. It takes a village to raise a child, the old saying goes, and who better to turn to for support than the people who raised you and your spouse? Unfortunately, sometimes the best intentions go awry and support turns into competition. What can you do to keep the parent and grandparent relationship healthy?

Travel

MAJESTIC EASTERN SIERRAS

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As many times as we’ve visited Yosemite, we never ventured over Tioga Pass within the park to the Eastern Sierras. Big mistake! When we’ve visited the Western Sierras, usually in late fall or winter, this scenic highway east has been closed to traffic. Other times, when it was open, we just blew it off! Never again! The spectacular vistas we experienced traveling east over.

Food

BEING BUENO:

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Italian home-cooked food has become a generic term in the restaurant industry, thanks to several national chains that have diluted this dining experience. However, for Bueno Italiano Café, capturing an authentic Italian dining experience is a reality, thanks to the matriarch of the family.

Making Memories at Macchia

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Home to 2013’s “Best Zinfandel in the State of California,” Macchia prides themselves on making the best wine for the best price. Specializing in Zinfandels and Italians, the well-balanced, big and bold flavors that fill their bottles are award winning.

Events

10 Great Dates

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Things to do and places to go in November.

Last Word

LUMPY GRAVY AND WHITE MEAT DREAMS

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Thanksgiving is quite possibly my favorite holiday. No presents to buy or returns to sneak back to the store. No irresistible pillowcases full of candy and stolen while your children sleep (not to mention the last-minute Halloween costume fixes at midnight the night before). Just food, family and football. Mix in the requisite wine or spirit of choice and it is a holiday of bliss and overindulgence, a few of my favorite things. You bet I’m thankful!

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