July 3, 2003

Hutchins Street Square News--July 2003


Did you join the Square’s family yet? Our response to the membership program has been phenomenal. Heartfelt thanks to all the folks and families who have sent in their support checks and pledged to keep the Square up and running.

Joining the Square with a "Bricks and Mortar" family charter membership prior to December 31, 2003, will earn your family brick at Alumni Plaza. We also have a very special rate for Seniors in the area.

Membership brochures and sign ups can be obtained by calling Linda at 333-6782.

 Family gifts and estates continue to be a cornerstone in our giving program. If you are interested in making a contribution to the Square, we have financial and legal advisors on the Board who can be of assistance.


Jim Brickman, Saturday, July 26, 8 p.m.

Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter in "Love Letters, Thursday, October 2

The Mills Brothers, Friday, October 17, 8 p.m.

Call the Box Office, 333-5550, for tickets and additional information.


Lodi Arts Commission has many new classes for the summer

Violin Voice String Ensemble Classical Guitar Lessons

Tap Dance Ballet Round Dance Hatha Yoga

Painting on Glass Toddler Art Stained Glass

Stained Glass Mosaics Portrait Drawing Painting for Children

Piano Belly Dance Growing Organic Plants

California Latin Cuisine Art Camp for Kids: Drawing Cartoon This!

Homemade Herbal Shampoos Adult Culinary Children’s Cooking

Painting: Emphasis Color Drawing Techniques (Beginning & Intermediate)

Charcoal & Pastel Sketching Art Camp for Kids: Sculpture

Acoustic, Electric & Bass Guitar Lessons Painting on Silk and Cotton

Call 333-5511 for more information.


Popular Summer Concert Series Kicks off Season on First Day of Summer

Lodi’s own Under the Columns Series celebrates its 5th anniversary as it kicks off four months of outdoor nighttime concerts at Hutchins Street Square.

Sponsored by the Lodi Arts Project Fund in conjunction with the Lodi Arts Commission, concerts will take place once each month on Saturday evening in Wishek Amphitheatre at Hutchins Street Square beginning June 21st through September 20th, and will spotlight four unique acts that promise to draw families from the entire county.

General seating is available at $7 per adult (ages 17 and over), $3 per child (ages 6 to 16), children under 5 will be admitted free. Interested parties are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time through the Hutchins Street Square Box Office at 333-5550. Season tickets are also available – a true value, with four concerts for the price of three.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and shows will begin at 6:30 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy under the night sky.

Scheduled to appear at the Under the Columns Series are:

July 12: David Zink (Acoustic folk, rock, gospel and jazz guitarist from the Bay Area)

August 16: Highway 21 (Central Valley rhythm and blues band)

September 20: Elena Powell (Guitarist and violinist from Nevada City playing a "blend of rock and roll, and folk in the Lilith tradition."



Lodi Memorial Hospital operates the Adult Day Services Center at the Square. The program offers a safe, positive caring alternative to nursing home care for those who do not need 24-hour skilled nursing. This program is designed to help people stay mentally and physically active, reduce isolation, improve their health and prevent a decline of their abilities. Those inflicted with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, strokes are just a few examples of clients who attend the program.

Another option to remaining independent and in your own home is the Life Line Services. This is the "Help, I’ve fallen and can’t get up" button. You can find more information about both the Adult Day Services and the Life Line units by calling 369-4443. Lic. #390313117


The Senior Center at Hutchins Street Square offers services and programs for Lodi area Seniors. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Information and referral

HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling)

Legal assistance

Bereavement and caregiving support groups

Bridge, pinochle, chess, and scrabble groups

Income tax assistance

Senior peer counseling

Computer classes

Monthly blood pressure checks

Call the Senior Center at 369-6921 for more information; or just drop by, corner of Walnut and Hutchins streets.


Family Swim times will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children are allowed in the pool at other times ONLY if they are participating in the posted activity (lap swim or an exercise class). Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Mid-day Lap Swim (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) is cancelled for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for six (6) weeks, June 16 through July 25. Tuesdays and Thursdays will not be affected. Cancelled lap swim times will resume on Monday, July 28.



Arts Commission Begins Plans for Next Year’s Event

With the beautiful weather, talented performers, and multitude of artists and wineries, last month’s Art on the Square festival was deemed an enormous success by both visitors and organizers alike.

The 3rd annual art, wine and music event held at Hutchins Street Square boasted more than 60 artists from across California (even one from Texas!), local and regional musicians and dancers, not to mention the newest and finest poured by 17 local wineries. 

The festival is presented by The Lodi Arts Commission and the Lodi Arts Project Fund.  This year, the Lodi Appellation Winery Association and Capital Public Radio also joined as major sponsors.

"We had 67% more art vendors than last year, as well as double the number of wineries," said Tea Silvestre, the City’s Arts Coordinator.  "But it wasn’t just quantity that improved.  Everyone agreed that the quality was better, too."

Attendance at the festival was estimated at just over 2,000; and nearly $19,000 worth of art purchases put this year’s gathering as the most successful thus far. 

Plans are already underway for Art on the Square 2004, scheduled for the first Saturday in June.  Artists are being solicited for a poster design contest, and community partnerships are being explored.

For more information, or to become involved, please call the City’s Division of Arts & Culture at 333-5511.



We finally pulled off the Stag’s Leap auction tour purchased at our Christmas Ball by Dennis Bennett and his gang. Our heartfelt thanks to Jonah Beer who organized the trip through the Oakville Winery—complete with tastings from Cask 23. Our group of ten continued up valley and lunched at OPUS Winery at the Widows Peak and completed the day with a tasting and tour of Baron Rothschild’s and Robert Mondavi’s joint venture.




Grab your friends and head over to Lodi Lake Beach on Saturday, August 2, for a great party! Sponsored by the Greater Lodi Area Youth Commission, all area teens in grades 8 – 12 are invited to attend. Admission is $10 per person which includes activities, food and beverages. Great community support from our friends of the Lodi Noon Lion’s Clubs.

Student I.D.’s are required and there are no in and out privileges and no admittance after 9:30 p.m. For more information, please call 333-6800, ext. 2424.