Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cinco de Mayo ~ 5th of May 

History of the holiday:

According to a paper published by the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture about the origin of the observance of Cinco de Mayo in the United States, the modern American focus on that day first started in California in the 1860s in response to the resistance to French rule in Mexico. "Far up in the gold country town of Columbia (now Columbia State Park) Mexican miners were so overjoyed at the news that they spontaneously fired off rifles shots and fireworks, sang patriotic songs and made impromptu speeches. A 2007 UCLA Newsroom article notes that "The holiday, which has been celebrated in California continuously since 1863, is virtually ignored in Mexico. TIME magazine reports that "Cinco de Mayo started to come into vogue in 1940s America during the rise of the Chicano movement. The holiday crossed over from California into the rest of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s but did not gain popularity until the 1980s when marketers, especially beer companies, capitalized on the celebratory nature of the day and began to promote it. It grew in popularity and evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, first in areas with large Mexican-American populations, like Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and San Jose.
In a 1998 study in the Journal of American Culture it was reported that there were more than 120 official U.S. celebrations of Cinco de Mayo, and they could be found in 21 different states. An update in 2006 found that the number of official Cinco de Mayo events was 150 or more, according to José Alamillo, professor of ethnic studies at Washington State University in Pullman, who has studied the cultural impact of Cinco de Mayo north of the border.
In the United States Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. On June 7, 2005, the U.S. Congress issued a Concurrent Resolution calling on the President of the United States to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities. To celebrate, many display Cinco de Mayo banners while school districts hold special events to educate students about its historical significance. Special events and celebrations highlight Mexican culture, especially in its music and regional dancing. Examples include baile folklorico and mariachi demonstrations held annually at the Plaza del Pueblo de Los Angeles, near Olvera Street. Commercial interests in the United States have capitalized on the celebration, advertising Mexican products and services, with an emphasis on beverages, foods, and music.


On May 9, 1862, President Juárez declared that the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla would be a national holiday regarded as "Battle of Puebla Day" or "Battle of Cinco de Mayo".
Although Mexican citizens feel very proud of the meaning of the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, today it is not observed as a national holiday in Mexico. However, all public schools are closed nation-wide in Mexico on May 5. The day is an official holiday in the State of Puebla, where the Battle took place, and also a full holiday (no work) in the neighboring State of Veracruz.

*Information was obtained through Wikipedia, I did not write this article. Read more about it here:
Feliz de Cinco de Mayo!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day April 22nd  

10 tips to make every day Earth Day:

1. Live in walkable, transit oriented communities, whether large cities, small towns or suburbs.

2. Get a bike 

3. Get in the comfort zone

4. Dress appropriately

5. Go Minimalist

6. Throw out your TV

7. Eat less red meat

8. Eat local and seasonal food

9. Plan to can

10. Practice the 7 Rs

Reuse instead of buying new every time.
Repurpose The more creative cousin of reuse, repurposing turns old junk into new, functional objects.
Rot compost everything organic.
Repair instead of replacing.
Return Only buy from companies with take-back programs.
Refill instead of buying disposable bottles and paper cups.
Refuse to buy overpackaged, disposable, single-use junk.

This article was written by and copied from:  Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter)


Additional Suggestions:

1. Buy LED light bulbs
2. Adjust your TV's settings 
3. Wash clothes in cold water and use the fastest spin speed available
4. Turn off the Instant-on setting on the Xbox One 
5. Don't stream videos through your game console
6. Upgrade the aerators on your kitchen and bathroom sinks
7. Recycle your old consumer electronics properly
8. Turn off your furnace when the cold weather ends
9. Buy a new toilet that uses no more than 1.28 gallons per flush

This article was written by and copied from Noah Horowitz


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Living in Wine Country

Got Wine?

We do, we do!! As I live in Lodi, I thought it would be fun to post a blog about our wines, wineries & some history. The Lodi Wine & Visitor Center is a great place to begin while you are visiting in our region.


Lodi California Wineries

With 85+ Lodi wineries, Lodi Wine Country offers an amazing variety of tasting opportunities. Visitors will find Lodi wine tasting rooms large and small, brand new and decades old. Although variety is abundant, one constant remains: the Lodi wine experience. Visitors to Lodi wineries will often find themselves sipping Lodi wine with a fourth-or-fifth generation winemaker, who is passionate about his product.

Lodi Wine Appellation

The Central Valley is the home to many large tracts of wine grapes and many major wineries. The area produces hundreds of thousands of cases of wine annually including unbranded bulk wines.
Lodi has over 75,000 acres of vineyards and almost 60 wineries leading the state in grape production of the top five premium wine grapes - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Zinfandel. Its vineyards grow over 40% of all the California Zinfandel, including many 100 year old vines, and dwarf every other region. Its grape growing history goes back to the mid 1800’s when gold miners turned to farming and discovered the regions ability to support vineyards.

The Lodi Wine & Visitor Center

The Lodi Wine & Visitor Center is a good stop for touring information and tasting area wines from small producers who do not have their own tasting room. The Center also has interactive exhibits and a good gift shop.
Seven American Viticultural Appellations (AVA) have been designated by the Alcohol Tax & Trade Bureau, representing the regions varied grape growing areas. Distinct soils and climates determine these designations and contribute to a wines sense of place.

Today Lodi is a thriving community and has become a well developed wine touring destination. Thirty-six wineries have tasting rooms offering visitors a range of wine tasting experiences.

Click Here to Display Wineries

*I can not take credit for the information shared here. These are copied from 2 various articles I found in a search. It is not my intent to infringe on any copyrights. I am simply sharing info and promoting our fine city.. "Liveable, Loveable Lodi"

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