SENIOR DAY CARE PROGRAM NEAR CAPACITY!

It’s been 12 years and we’re just getting a very good response to our Adult Day Care program at Hutchins Street Square. Organized by Lodi Memorial Hospital’s veteran nurse, Terri Pope Whitmire, the program operates five days a week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Caring for a loved one can be exhausting and emotionally draining. The Adult Day programs offer a supportive and active environment focusing on the positive aspects of the client’s abilities. At any given time in the day care facility you’ll see clients dancing, singing, or working on an art project. These activities, including visiting and reading, are often assisted by the 7th grade class from St. Anne’s School downtown Lodi in a unique partnership with the seniors.

The Adult Day Care benefits not only the caregiver with a break in the daily routine, but is designed to help keep people mentally and physically active, reduce isolation, and prevent further decline of their abilities.

The program also supports families by providing them with information and referral to other services as needed. Guest visits are welcomed! For more information please call 369-4443. License 39-03-13117.

COUNSELORS NEEDED!

HICAP Counselors are needed in the Senior Center to work with the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program. Extensive training will be provided. Our counselors are all talented individuals willing to volunteer 3 or more hours a week assisting seniors and retired folks with health insurance issues.

Please call the Senior Center at 369-6921 to find out more about HICAP or to check on the next training schedule.

‘ROUND THE SQUARE

A hearty thanks to the Lodi Youth Commission and coordinator Yvette Maragliano, as well as Hutchins Street Square staff Ann Areida-Hintz, Meredith Felde, Greg Ramirez, Linda McEnerney, Donny Sanford, Mark Ruggiero and Billy Gonzalez, and Lodi Memorial Hospital Senior Coordinator Terri Whitmire for all their help during the recent Christmas Ball. This fundraiser required many hours of volunteer help and we appreciate their effort to rise "above and beyond".

Bravo Lodi Woodbridge Rose Society and warm thanks to Traci Young and Gigi Sievers who organized the donation of another dozen Mr. Lincoln tree roses for the Square. Even Brett Young got in the act when we unloaded the truck! The Rose Society is open to all interested gardeners; they meet monthly at Grace Presbyterian Church. Coupled with the 2,000 tulip bulbs our community service volunteers planted, we should be looking great this spring.

And thanks to Vivian Anshutz Gatzert, a Lodi Union High School graduate of the Class of ’33. Vivian closed the account from their high school reunion and purchased bricks in honor of her classmates. We should have the bricks in place later this spring. Come down and admire them on the Alumni Plaza.

Our thanks to Dwight Harr of F & H Construction who spent a day hanging and redesigning two art panels, picked up at an antique house by another volunteer, for our concession stand. The area is looking great. Now we have to convince Craig Edwards of Acampo Ag Service to create our hanging rack to hold all the champagne and wine stems!

Kudos to Betty Pfeifle and her gang of the Lodi Garden Club who pruned all our roses this winter!

KIRST JEEP FINDS NEW HOME!

For the past year, we have been selling raffle tickets for the collector’s Jeep donated to the Square by the Stanley Kirst Family. Cecil Harp was one of our first ticket purchasers and went home empty handed! As it turned out, the winning ticket was purchased during the Celebrate America! event by Mary Jane Richardson of Sacramento. She came to Lodi last month to claim her prize! Being an avid pheasant hunter, Ms. Richardson indicated that the jeep might well get some "action" during season.

The raffle was quite successful with tickets bought by people from 31 states and 4 countries including Belgium, England, Australia and Canada.

The jeep’s "tour of duty" brought smiles from folks who saw it during the Veteran’s Day Celebration or the Parade of Lights and it raised $17,013 which was split between the Square’s Foundation and the Veteran’s Memorial Fund.

Stanley’s wife, Cleo, drew the winning ticket at the annual Christmas Ball at Hutchins Street Square amidst much fanfare.

Our thanks to Lodian Rick Ohlhauser who assisted the Kirst family in getting the jeep in running order and for driving it during the parade.

GET INVOLVED IN THE ARTS!

The Arts Commission is currently seeking volunteers to help with several of their upcoming projects. If you have an extra few hours a week and would like to assist them, please give them a call at 367-5442.

CALL TO ARTISTS:

The Lodi Arts Commission is currently seeking local artists for their First Friday Art Shows at Hutchins Street Square’s Thomas Theatre Gallery. Local artists interested in showing (and selling!) their works, should submit the following items to the Arts Commission:

10-12 slides or photos of work similar to that which you would like to show (please label all slides and photos with your name!)

Artist's Statement (no more than 1 page)

Artist's Resume/Bio (no more than 2 pages)

A SASE envelope if you would like your materials returned

Please send your submissions to:

Tea Silvestre, Arts Coordinator
First Friday Art Shows
125 S. Hutchins Street
Lodi, CA 95240

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR NIGHT TIME LIVE

The Lodi Arts Commission, in conjunction with Capital Public Radio and The Lodi Arts Project Fund, are proud to present The Night Time Live Jazz Series again this year. Tickets are still available for the following shows, but they are selling quickly, so call our box office today to purchase yours:

Feb. 14 (Special Valentine’s Day Performance): Jules Broussard

Feb. 28: Take Five: The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet

Mar. 14: Zydeco Flames

Mar. 28: Viva Brasil

This year, the concerts will start slightly earlier. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for those wishing to enjoy a light supper before the show. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seating is available at $20 per person by calling the Box Office at 209-333-5550.

NEW LOOK for the ARTS COMMISSION WEBSITE!

The new website, www.lodiarts.org, offers more dynamic capabilities, in-depth content, and easier navigation. New users will find a simple layout, with each section organized in a fast and easy-to-access format.

The site also provides a depth of information for artists, art organizations and art participants, especially those in the Lodi arts scene.

"Our goal has always been to ensure that all Lodians have access to the information and resources of the Arts Commission," said Tea Silvestre, LAC Arts Coordinator. "This website not only provides information on LAC programs and services, it also answers questions about the arts in Lodi in general. It is an excellent resource for our community."

New secure on-line functions include: registration for arts education courses, electronic donations to the Lodi Arts Project Fund, and purchase of "Jewel of the Valley/Child’s Moon" poetry anthologies.

The Lodi Arts Commission Website is paid for by the Lodi Arts Project Fund.

COMING THIS SUMMER: ART ON THE SQUARE

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 7th! This event, now in its 3rd year, promises to be bigger and more enjoyable than ever. Come see the best in art, wine and music!

Artists interested in exhibiting and selling their works should contact the Arts Commission for an application. Call 367-5442, or visit them on-line at www.lodiarts.org.

NEW THIS SPRING: An Evening Under the Rotunda

This new classical music series features a bistro-style setting and offers a variety of instrumental and vocal talents from Lodi and the surrounding communities. Our first season, being organized by Arts Commissioner Jennifer Walth, will showcase the beautiful sounds of the violin, guitar, strings, and opera. Concerts will all be performed in the acoustic venue of the Rotunda at Hutchins Streets Square. Save the following dates: April 4 & 11, May 2 & 16. Tickets available at the Box Office, 333-5550.

For a season brochure, please call the Arts Commission at 367-5442.

CLASSES OFFER A VARIETY OF WAYS TO BE ART SMART

Did you know that the Lodi Arts Commission offers numerous arts courses here at Hutchins Street Square? Classes from Ballet to Watercolor (and everything in between!) are available for the whole family to enjoy. If you haven’t received the new Winter Catalog, please call the Arts Commission.

Courses this season include: Ballet, Tap, Belly, Ballroom and Round Dancing; Drawing, Cartooning, and Painting (in a variety of mediums); Guitar, Violin, Viola, Opera, and Music History.

In addition, the Arts Commission continually adds courses, and is looking for qualified instructors in all the arts. For more information, call them at 367-5442, or visit their website at www.lodiarts.org.

LODI ARTS COMMISSION KICKS OFF FIRST FRIDAY ART SHOWS

Local Artist Nancy Holl-Smith to Delight Locals with Visual Talents

February 7th at 7 p.m. will kick off the Art Commission’s monthly First Friday Art Show Series. Local artist Nancy Holl-Smith, is featured in this month’s show.

Each month, this series will feature local art and offer the community an opportunity to meet the artists at a FREE reception in the Thomas Theatre Gallery at Hutchins Street Square. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and wine along with live music will be provided.

Nancy is also an Arts Commission painting instructor, and has been teaching art to various age groups since 1975. She holds several California teaching credentials and is now retired.

POOL NEWS

Hutchins Street Square pool is the perfect place to get in shape between winter holidays and summer! Choose from 28 different water exercise classes, days and evenings, Mondays through Saturdays. Lap swim more your style? We have early morning, lunchtime, and evening hours in our 25-yard, heated, indoor pool.

New classes at the pool include "Fluid Moves", a combination of Tai Chi, Yoga, and Pilates in the water. It meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. BodyWise meets on Saturday mornings at 9:30, improve your flexibility, posture, and overall fitness without stressing your joints!

Hutchins Street Square pool will be closed for the President’s Day weekend: February 15, 16, and 17.

The season for Lifeguard Training is underway. Hutchins Street Square pool offers weekday and evening classes for certification. Call 369-6921 for more information. Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for getting a summer job! Get Lifeguard certified now and show your potential employer that you are on the ball!

 

A NEW LOOK FOR THE 2003 GREATER LODI AREA YOUTH CONFERENCE

The 8th Annual Greater Lodi Area Youth Conference will take on a new look at the 14 workshops being offered that day. The workshops will be "interactive" with the students and presenters.

The theme is "Think Beyond Now" with Michael Pritchard as the opening and closing keynote speaker for the day. Pritchard will focus his presentation on respect and caring in a diversified community and the individual's responsibility. Pritchard uses his humor and anecdotes to motivate the students and help focus everyone on the day’s events.

Pritchard is America' s leading motivational speak recently featured in TIME magazine and on CNN. He speaks from the heart and inspires audiences with his unique ability to blend humor with serious issues. He's shared the stage with Robin Williams, played a role in an Emmy-award-winning episode of Taxi and provided voices for Star Wars.

Local volunteers who are enthusiastic to share their talents and skills with the students who participate in this conference host all the 14 "interactive" workshops for the day.

Hospitality and Service Industry - Sherri Smith, Wine & Roses

Banking Industry - Phil Felde, Farmers & Merchants Bank

Physical Therapy - Monty Merrill, Lodi Physical Therapy

Auto Mechanics and Metal Shop - Ed Niemann, North Stockton Auto

Law - Honorable Judge Dave Warner, Lodi Superior Court

Computer Engineering - Muffy Francke, Apple Computer

Women's Health - Dr. Param Gill

Photography, Arts and Sculpture - Mr. Tom Nardinelli, Lodi High School

Performing Arts and Drama - Dominee Muller-Kimball, LUSD Performing Arts

Education - Mr. Bill Huyett, LUSD Superintendent of Schools

Youth Ministry - Glen Barnes, First Baptist Church

Design Preferences - J.D. Hightower, Planner, City of Lodi

How to Build a Business - Rich Thawley, Vice Chairman, World Marketing Alliance, Inc.

Lego Robotics - Jim Bock, San Joaquin County Office of Education

Brochure and registration materials are available at area high schools from the following staff:

Lodi - Becky Jauregui

Tokay - Melody Knee

Bear Creek - Vanessa Smith

Lodi Academy - Samir Berbawy

Jim Elliott Christian - Candy Payne

Plaza Robles - Sandi Warmerdam

Liberty - Pete Simonds

Lodi Middle College at Delta - Sandra Hilton

The cost is $8 per student and the registration deadline to your high school is Wednesday, February 12, 2003. Make checks payable to City of Lodi Youth Commission. Transportation will be provided by the local high schools; lunch at the event is courtesy of Porfi's!

For further details call Yvette Maragliano at 333-6800, ext. 2424, at Hutchins Street Square.

A new event will be hosted by the Greater Lodi Area Youth Commission on Friday, April 18, 2003, 9:30a.m. -11:30 a.m. at Lodi Academy Gym entitled "SPEAK FOR YOUTH"!

The day will begin with a light breakfast; at 10 a.m. Mr. Herman Cain will give a motivational presentation to over 1,200 students in our greater Lodi area. Cost of the event will be $5 per student with registration forms available at the local high schools beginning in March. (The registration brochures will be available from the same high school staff as for the Youth Conference).

Herman Cain is the CEO and President of T.H.E. Inc., a business and leadership consulting company. He is chairman of Godfather's Pizza, Inc., after serving as the CEO and President for ten years. In 1988 he bought the company from the Pillsbury Company. He is Chairman of The Tax Leadership Council, the public educational component of the Americans for Fair Taxation, past chairman of the Board of the National Restaurant Association, member of The National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform, serves on the Boards of Directors of Whirlpool Corporation, Readers Digest Association, Hallmark Cards, Inc., and Morehouse College. He is the recipient of six Honorary Doctorate Degrees and graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in Mathematics and earned his Masters Degree in Computer Science from Purdue University. He was named one of Ebony Magazines 100 Most Influential Black Americans in 1997 and in 1999. He is the author of three books and is a native and current resident of Atlanta, Georgia. He has been married for 34 years with two adult children and one granddaughter.

The Greater Lodi Area Youth Commission is seeking financial sponsors for this event. If you or any business is interested in becoming a financial sponsor for this event, please contact Yvette Maragliano at 333-6800, ext. 2424. Sponsors will be given a certain number of tickets to attend this event.

GREATER LODI AREA YOUTH COMMISSION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The City of Lodi Youth Commission is currently accepting applications for the four $500 scholarships that the Commission awards each year to current seniors who will be attending college in fall 2003.

Applications are available at high school Career Centers with the deadline of April 1, 2003, to Hutchins Street Square.

Camp Hutchins Openings

Camp Hutchins, our day care program for children in grades kindergarten through sixth has a few openings for the Track B schedule. Interested participants should call 334-2267 for information. Camp Hutchins is operated by Lodi Memorial Hospital and housed at the Square on Oak and Hutchins Street.

CHRISTMAS GALA 2002

The dancing went to midnight and everyone went home with their own miniature Christmas tree to plant in their yard. This year’s holiday fundraiser, "A Christmas Classic" raised nearly $100,000 for the Square. The annual event featured unique auction items – "Dinner in the Barn?" and "Karaoke in the Performing Arts Theatre?" and the bidding was fierce under the direction of veteran auctioneer Don DeVolld of Stockton.

Jules Brussard’s Orchestra from San Francisco kept the crowd dancing and dinner was prepared by Pete McCaffrey of Wine Valley Catering of Lodi and Napa. One of the unique features of the event is the invitation to all guests to bring their favorite wines to enjoy in addition to the Robert Mondavi wines that were donated and poured at the event.

One of the highlights that evening was Cleo Kirst drawing the winning ticket from the glass punchbowl! Thousands of tickets had been purchased for a chance to win the vintage war jeep; nearly $18,000 was raised to be shared by the Foundation and the Veteran’s War Memorial fund.

Volunteers were plenty as "supporting cast" to the event; most notable was the effort made by the Lodi Youth Commission students who managed the coat check and assisted with the silent auction.

Bravo to all who attended, partied and bid on the silent and live auction items – the proceeds are all donated back to the Square to continue with our building and programming efforts.

HERMAN CAIN IN LODI FOR YOUTH

CEO of T.H.E. Inc., a business and leadership company and chairman of Godfather’s Pizza, Herman Cain is coming to Lodi, courtesy of the Lodi Youth Commission. He will be featured at the Lodi Academy Gym on Friday, April 18th; 1,200 teens will be on hand to participate with Cain.

The Youth Commission is seeking help to underwrite Cain’s guest appearance. Please contact Yvette Maragliano at 333-6800, ext. 2424.

SENIOR DAY CARE PROGRAM NEAR CAPACITY!

We’re now 12 years old and we’re just getting a very good response to our Adult Day Care program at Hutchins Street Square. Organized by Lodi Memorial Hospital’s veteran nurse, Terri Pope Whitmire, the program operates five days a week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Caring for a loved one can be exhausting and emotionally draining. The Adult Day programs offer a supportive and active environment focusing on the positive aspects of the client’s abilities. At any given time in the day care facility you’ll see clients dancing, singing, or working on an art project. These activities, including visiting and reading, are often assisted by the 7th grade class from St. Anne’s School downtown Lodi in a unique partnership with the seniors.

The Adult Day Care benefits not only the caregiver with a break in the daily routine, but is designed to help keep people mentally and physically active, reduce isolation, and prevent further decline of their abilities.

The program also supports families by providing them with information and referral to other services as needed. For more information please call 369-4443. License 39-03-13117.