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Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Armless Chair for the Reef Outdoor Sectional Sofa

Free DIY Furniture Plans / How to Build an Armless Chair for the Reef Outdoor Sectional Sofa

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

By special reader request, and a perfect addition to the Reef Collection of pieces, today we have Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Armless Chair for the Reef Outdoor Sectional Sofa!... Read More

Pear Harvesting is Almost Over...Already

Pear Harvesting is Almost Over...Already

Bosc pearsI was a bit naive last year when I sat down to dinner with members of the California Pear Board. It was last September and we were at the Tower Bridge Dinner. The Board had been kind enough to invite me to be their guest and I had promised to write about pears. The problem? Pear season was already over... Read More

Barbecue & wine: Van Ruiten Family’s Matt Ridge tests a tried-and-true theory

Barbecue & wine:  Van Ruiten Family’s Matt Ridge tests a tried-and-true theory

Richard Berardi smoking up a storm outside his Tin Roof BBQ restaurant

At Lodi’s Tin Roof BBQ it’s all about barbecue.  Gloriously meaty, outdoor-smoky, not-too-fatty and not-too-sweetie barbecue, which is exactly the way that owner/chef Richard Berardi likes it.

Mr. Berardi started up Tin Roof BBQ nine years ago on Guild Avenue in the east side of town as, strangely enough, someone who didn’t like barbecue.  “I’m a refugee from an Italian restaurant family,” he tells us, “and if there’s one thing you know about Italians, they’re always fighting… I wanted to get away from all that dysfunction and do something different.”... Read More

Micke Grove Zoo inviting potential volunteers to Aug 7 meeting!

Micke Grove Zoo inviting potential volunteers to Aug 7 meeting!

San Joaquin County, CA – The Micke Grove Zoo Education Department is seeking individuals ages 13 and up to share their love of animals and the natural world as “Zoo Crew Members” and “Wild Guides” for Micke Grove Zoo. A free information meeting about these volunteer opportunities will be held Thursday, August 7 from 6-7:30PM at the Memorial Building in Micke Grove Regional Park. Attendance at the meeting is mandatory in order to apply for the volunteer program. Bilingual community members are strongly encouraged to participate.

Zoo Crew Members (teens) and Wild Guides (adults) help zoo visitors connect with the animals at Discovery Stations or by leading tours and assisting education staff with school programs and at outreach events. They also mentor other volunteers, help plan and implement special events, and contribute to the zoo newsletter. After additional training, they may work with some animals such as tortoises and Madagascar hissing cockroaches.

Togo’s Giving Away 10,000 Free Sandwiches

Togo’s Giving Away 10,000 Free Sandwiches

Who doesn’t love free stuff? Especially free food? July 24th might seem like just another day, but think again! Togo’s Sandwiches is giving away 10,000 of its best-selling sandwich, the #24 Turkey & Avocado, this Thursday, July 24.

For over 40 years, the California-based sandwich chain has been whipping up hearty and delicious sandwiches and this giveaway will help to commemorate over 24 million #24s being sold. Here’s how you can score a free #24:

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InstaMeet 3: Arts & Culture

InstaMeet 3: Arts & Culture

InstaMeet 3: Arts&Culture is coming up this Friday, July 25 from 7pm - 11pm on the rooftop of French 25 (Hotel Stockton).  It is a new type of Instameet event that showcases the tremendous artistic talent found in Stockton with the work of over twenty artists (past Stockton InstaMeets have focused on food).  This free event is being organized by @StocktonCA and @sonofasignman.

All forms of art are being showcased - painting, photography, sculpture, conceptual art, sketch art, mixed media and more. Listen to live sounds, sip a cocktail and watch an amazing sunset.

2014 Weekly Challenge #29: A Salad A Day

2014 Weekly Challenge #29:  A Salad A Day

Summer is the perfect time for salads. The veggies and fruit are so tasty and fresh, and it is usually just too darn hot to heat up the kitchen.

One of our very own Mamas, Kim Box, has written a cook book all about the beauty of the salad. Here's a little bit about her:... Read More