May 2003



Our Membership Program is off and running! It’s taken awhile, but we’re ready and working hard to enlarge our circle of family and friends at the Square. Chairman Dennis Bennett announced the kickoff of the program May 1, 2003. "It’s significant that we create a membership program to ensure the continuation of our good work at the Square. It’s also an important moment in time―we’re at the five year anniversary commemorating the opening of the theatre and the conference center. And speaking on behalf of the Foundation and Board and our donors, I couldn’t be more proud of the effort and personal commitment that so many Lodi-area people have made to keep this project ahead of its time."

Annual memberships are available at four different levels, including family membership ($100), individual membership ($40), one for seniors over 60 ($25), and one for students 18 to 25 years old ($25). A family charter membership purchased before December 31, 2003, will earn a brick on the Alumni Plaza. Benefits include our new donor e-News and first-call notices for our Foundation-sponsored events.

Applications are available at the Square’s office corner of Oak and Hutchins streets, or by calling 333-6782.


Retired Lodi Union High School business teacher Ruth Garver Swindaman has bequeathed a portion of her estate to the Hutchins Street Square Foundation.

Originally from Idaho, Mrs. Swindaman graduated from the University of Idaho with a master’s degree in education and business. She came to Lodi with her husband, George, whose career with General Mills brought them here in the late 1940’s. Mrs. Swindaman taught business classes through the Lodi Adult School as well as the High School. Her passion was "to see people reach their potential and their dreams."

Mrs. Swindaman was a member of the Garden Club and the Newcomer’s Club. She and her husband, George, married for 63 years, were also members of the Grace Presbyterian Church.


Popular pianist and concert headliner Jim Brickman is coming to the Square! A staple of adult-contemporary, pop, country, and smooth jazz radio playlists, Brickman has recorded nine albums, four of which have gone Gold. Tickets for the performance Saturday, July 26, at 8 p.m. are on sale NOW at the Hutchins Street Square Box Office, 333-5550.


What a smashing party the Lodi Arts Commission put on last month to recognize their 21 years! The Arts Commission, appointed by the Lodi City Council, meets each month to expand arts opportunities in our community. Arts Commissioner Donna Phillips led the way to the celebration with cake and champagne. The evening was topped off with a toast to all those who have served on the Commission and our volunteers. From jazz concerts to poetry readings, art festivals to our art classes for all ages, you just can’t beat the creativity and enthusiasm of this group. Bravo!


Become a better care provider―take care of yourself. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week is exhausting. Lodi Memorial Hospital’s Adult Day Services Center at the Square is in its thirteenth year of serving Lodi’s senior citizens. The program offers a safe, stimulating environment for those seniors needing supervision. The dependent senior is kept busy with activities, a nourishing lunch, music, pet therapy and more during the day while the care provider gets a much needed rest. For more information, call 369-4443. License 390313117


At a recent event for caregivers, Vickie Schmall, PHD, of Oregon, spoke to local families about the issues of caregiving. The program was held at Hutchins Street Square and was sponsored by The Senior Center at the Square, Lodi Senior Commission, Lodi Memorial Hospital, and Del Oro Caregivers Resource Center.


Our children’s day care program has a limited amount of openings for the summer camp program for children ages 5 to 12 beginning June 16th and running through July 25th. Interested parents should call the office at 334-2267, or view the program at 125 South Hutchins Street in Lodi.


has been installed in the performing arts theatre―we can actually “fly” sets! Thanks to the Foundation for their donation of $85,000 to complete this retrofit and to F&H Construction, Gary Wiman, and Jess Kerekes for their continuing advice and support.


The Greater Lodi Area Youth Commission sponsors a program entitled Honoring Teens – Teen of the Month in conjunction with Lodi-Sunrise Rotary, Lodi Academy and Central Valley Waste Services. The Lodi Youth Commission Leadership Committee selects one teen to be awarded Teen of the Month from the applications submitted to the Commission from the general public, schools, community, and church groups. The Teen of the Month is recognized at the monthly Lodi City Council meeting along with being recognized in the Lodi News Sentinel. If you have an outstanding teen to nominate for their academic excellence, community service, or any other contribution to the community, please call 333-6800, ext. 2424, for an application.


In response to the sound problems that were apparent at the Mickey Rooney performance, and a letter to the editor of the Lodi News Sentinel on February 22, 2003, patrons should know that our investigation showed a defective component in the theatre processor.  The Shure Corporation has taken responsibility for the defective piece and replaced the unit. A similar problem occurred at the Scottish Rite Temple in Sacramento at nearly the same time.

Live theatre is always a challenge and our staff does the very best job possible to regroup in the face of a problem and keep the show running.


The Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program continues to grow at the Square! Due to popular demand, we have added two new sessions: Arthritis Basic Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. This is a gentle class emphasizing range of motion for the joints and muscles. Instructors are certified by the Arthritis Foundation and a lifeguard is on duty. Swimming skills are not necessary but a physician’s approval is required. Experience the relaxing effects of our warm water!



The pool will be closed Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 24, and Monday, May 26. It will reopen on Tuesday, May 27, at 6 a.m.

Lap swimmers alert: There will be no lunchtime lap swim on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 16-July 25. Tuesdays and Thursdays will not be affected. Camp Hutchins will be in the pool at that time. Regular lunchtime lap swim hours will resume on Monday, July 28 at 11:30 a.m.


The Lodi Arts Commission has fifteen new classes May – August 2003

Homemade Herbal Shampoos Toddler Art Portrait Drawing
Painting for Children Textile Arts Tai Chi
Stained Glass Mosaics Painting on Glass Children’s Cooking
Art Camp for Kids: Drawing Latin Cuisine Adult Culinary
Art Camp for Kids: Sculpture Growing Organic Plants Tai Chi Qigong

Enrollment is easy!

On-line: www.lodiarts.org Phone: (209) 333-5511

Fax: (209) 367-5906 Mail: 125 S. Hutchins Street

Lodi, CA 95240

Or stop by our office, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


The Lodi Arts Commission, in conjunction with Hutchins Street Square, invites you to the May First Friday Art Show May 2, 7 to 9 p.m. May’s featured artist is Toni DeZuniga. His show, "Color Passion", will feature paintings in various mediums. Visitors will also be treated to wine, as well as Hawaiian-inspired appetizers, live music, and dancers. This event is FREE and open to the public; artworks will be displayed all month in Thomas Theatre at Hutchins Street Square.



Art on the Square, an annual art, music, and wine festival, will be held this year on Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hutchins Street Square. Sponsored by the Lodi Arts Commission and the Lodi Arts Project Fund, in conjunction with the Lodi Appellation Winery Association, the festival will feature works of fine art from across the state and includes live music and dance performances by The Sinclair Band, Lodi Belly Dance Troupe, Tapestry, Hawaiian Legacy Dancers, Guitarist/Vocalist Todd Hillstrom, and The Leigh Wycoff Band. More than 20 local wineries will provide tasting of the newest and finest from the cellars of the region.

A free Art on the Square preview reception will be held on the Friday, June 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Thomas Theatre Gallery.

Artist spaces are still available. For an application, please call the Lodi Arts Commission at (209) 333-5511, or download the application at www.lodiarts.org.


A Special Wine Appreciation Dinner, hosted by David Akioshi (of School Street Bistro) will be held Friday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. and will feature wine, appetizers, and special preview of work by festival artists in Kirst Hall; private performance by Leigh Wycoff; premiere of new sparkling wine by local vintner; full dinner and wine pairing instruction by David Akioshi. Tickets are $75 per person and available at the Hutchins Street Square Box Office, 333-5550, Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.


 It’s confirmed and we’re on their schedule—Thursday, October 2nd we’ll have the chance to enjoy Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter in “Love Letters” on stage at the Square.

 Tickets won’t go on sale until late this summer—Dixie is going on Broadway this summer with “Paperdolls” and Hal is traveling all over the country continuing with his Mark Twain presentations.

 So for all you “Designing Women” who have been asking Hal to bring his lady on the next trip—your wish should come true this fall.  Stay tuned.