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Lodi kicks off 'Film Night at the Square'

LODI - The Lodi International Film Festival Committee will kick off its inaugural "Film Night at the Square" event on Friday, Jan. 21 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Lodi Mayor Bob Johnson at 5:30 p.m.

Film enthusiasts and supporters who attend the event, located at the Hutchins Street Square Theater, will enjoy several independent films, a fashion show, musical entertainment and fine wines from local wineries.

Each month, the committee will host special events featuring independent films and filmmakers. Tickets for the monthly events are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door.

The first Lodi International Film Festival, scheduled for Aug.

Boys Wrestling: Lodi 55, Bear Creek 13

LODI, CA - The Lodi Flames boys wrestling team defeated Bear Creek 55-13 Thursday night.

The Flames travel to Chavez on Thurday. The Bruins host Lincoln in two weeks.

Boys wrestling: Lodi 55, Bear Creek 13

LODI, CA - The Lodi Flames boys wrestling team defeated Bear Creek 55-13 Thursday night.

The Flames travel to Chavez on Thurday. The Bruins host Lincoln in two weeks.

Girls basketball: Lincoln-Stockton 66, Lodi 36

LODI, CA - The Lincoln Trojans girls basketball team remained undefeated by beating the Lodi Flames 66-36.

The Trojans (13-0) will host Kennedy this Saturday. The Flames (10-8) will travel to Bear Creek on Tuesday.

Lodi police to hold DUI checkpoint Saturday

LODI - Police officers will conduct a DUI/Driver's license checkpoint on Saturday, Jan. 15 at an undisclosed location within city limites between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Officers will be checking drivers through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol or drug impairments as well as checking for proper licensing. If officers suspect a driver has been drinking, a field sobriety test will be conducted. If you fail, expect jail, vehicle storage fees, license suspension, insurance rate increases, along with fines, DUI classes and other expenses that could exceed $10,000.

Lodi police Sgt.

Lodi Sikh Temple celebrates 'LOHRI' festival

Lodi Sikh Temple celebrates 'LOHRI' festival

LODI - The Lodi Sikh Temple, located at 12098 North West Lane, will host "LOHRI," the festival of fire on Thursday, Jan. 13 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The festival, a cultural and traditional event commemorating the new year, is celebrated in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajistan in India. Revelers gather around the fire and distribute sweets while singing traditional songs. The event also marks the start of longer daylight until April.

Call (209) 629-5415 or (209) 403-9276 for more information about the celebration.

Lodi Grape Festival hosts E-Waste recycling collection

LODI - The Lodi Grape Festivalwill host its annual electronic waste recycling event on Friday, Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 15 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Lodi fairgrounds located at 413 East Lockeford Street. Vehicles should enter at Gate 2.

Items accepted at the drop-off collection event include computer monitors, laptop computers, CRT screens, printers, televisions, plasma screens, LCD screens, cell phones, fax machines, copiers, computer towers, keyboards, telephones, calculators, stereos, speakers and microwaves.

No batteries or fluorescent lights will be accepted.

Proceeds from the recycling event will benefit the Lodi Grape Festival Bucks for Books Scholarship Fund. The festival will be held on Sept. 15-18 this year.

For more information, call (209) 369-2771 or visit www.grapefestival.com.

Wine Competition Public Tasting - February 19

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting  Saturday, February 19, 2011
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center
San Francisco
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
www.winejudging.com 

4th Annual Galt Winter Bird Festival

4th Annual Galt Winter Bird Festival

GALT - The City of Galt, in partnership with the Cosumnes River Preserve and Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, will host the 4th annual Winter Bird Festival on Saturday, Jan. 29.

The festival has proven to be a successful display of nearly 100 bird species that routinely winter in the Galt area, specifically along the Cosumnes River Preserve.

The free festival will begin at 8 a.m. at McCaffery Middle School, located at 997 Park Terrace Drive in Galt. Tours will be held starting as early as 5:30 a.m. at a cost of $10 per adult. Youth under the age of 18 years old are free, but space is limited.

To sign up for the tours and for more information about workshops offered, visit www.ci.galt.ca.us or call (209) 366-7115 to confirm tour availability.

Sorelle Winery to participate in Lodi's Wine & Chocolate Festival

LODI - Sorrelle Winery will participate in Lodi's Wine and Chocolate Festival on Feb. 12 and 13 along with 40 others wineries in the region.

The winery, which focuses on small lot Italian varitals, will have a chocolate fountain and chocolate-infused barbeque ribs prepared by Chef Mike Midgley from Bravo's Top Chef, for visitors during the festival.

Sorrelle Winery produces wines such as Pinot Grigio, Barbera, Sangiovese, Primitivo and sparkling almond. Their grapes are handpicked from the Lodi appellation, and Sangiovese and Barbera are grown on the property.

For more information, visit www.sorellewinery.com or call (209) 931-4350.