A History in Charms

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There is no other piece of jewelry that chronicles a woman’s life like a charm bracelet. They represent treasured moments of new encounters, events, achievements, romances and other significant occasions. They allow us to recall and show the journey we have taken

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Biking Lodi

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Join Trail Beadz on Lodi’s Bike Trails

Spring is here.  It’s amazing how a little warmth, sunshine and seeing the trees and flowers bloom can boost your mood—almost like you are blooming after a dormant winter too.

I love biking but haven’t done it in a long time.  Now that I have moved from Silicon Valley to Lodi, it just feels like the world is much more open to me for things I love in my spare time.  Literally, I can feel like I can just jump on my bike and go anywhere.  Not something I would have done in the Silicon Valley.

I haven’t yet explored Lodi’s 22 cycling routes yet, but in anticipation, I recently purchased a used Specialized Bike.  Just a little tune up, and I will be ready to explore! With all the scenic vineyards, orchards and the Mediterranean climate, not to mention that the land is mostly flat, Lodi is perfect for cycling for all experience levels.

Lodi’s Bike Routes can be printed from the Visit Lodi! website, downloaded to your Garmin or accessed through the RideWithGPS app on your phone.  If you would like to get more involved with the biking scene and biking tourism in Lodi, check outhttps://bikelodi.weebly.com/blog.

From Visit Lodi! Website (www.visitlodi.com), the top 9 bike routes in Lodi are the following.  Visit their website for details.

1. Consumnes River Preserve with Blossom Road Loop

2. Four Wineries and a Café

3. East-North Figure Eight with Winery Stops

4. Lodi Lake Family Fun Ride

5. Delta River Ride to Sacramento with Return by Train

6. Lodi Airport Café with Winery Stops.

7. Ride Country Roads Linking Lodi, Galt, Thornton, and Woodbridge with Food Stops

8.  Bird Watching, Wine Tasting & Lunch

9. Weekend Wine Jaunt

But Lodi is also known for several annual cycling events that include Lodi Cyclefest, Tour dell Vigne, Giro D’Vino and Cyclocross.  While those events seem a little ambitious for me right now, I am planning on riding in the 3rd Annual Pedal de Vino in October.  This is a much shorter, laid back, ride between several wineries with a lunch sponsored at the end.  I will post more details about this event as we get closer to it. Perfect for amateur cyclists, like myself, to get out there, cycle and meet new great people!

Get your bikes out, tuned up and join me exploring Lodi!

Love Lodi 2019—The Importance of Giving to the Community

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Love Lodi 2019 is almost here.  There are still lots of ways for you to get involved in helping to make Lodi a better and cleaner place to live.

The event happens Saturday, April 13, 2019. Love Lodi 2019 will begin at 9:00 am at Hutchins Street Square.  After the rally, volunteers will disperse to their project sites.  Once the projects are complete, volunteers are invited to return to Hutchins Street Square for a free lunch at the Love Lodi Community Picnic.

Giving back to the community leads to multiple benefits.  You’re not only giving to the community—you’re increasing your professionalism.

Don’t wait!  Sign up today.  https://www.lovelodi.org/communityservice

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Charitable acts are performed without the expectation of direct financial gain, but they certainly are not without their own rewards. Investing in your community is a great way to give back to those who have helped and supported you.  Volunteer groups and non-profits organizations do so much to help the communities that we are all a part of, but they can’t do it alone.

Many people really enjoy the intangible benefits of giving.  Giving back to the community gives you pleasant feeling of connectedness and the satisfaction that at least you are trying to make the world a better place, not to mention building a better place to live for you, your family and everyone else who is a part of your community.

Investing in the community is good for your business. It builds respect and a good reputation in the community. Supporting charities and attending charitable and volunteer events is an excellent way to network and make new connections by meeting new people and developing relationships with complementary businesses.

Giving something to the community doesn’t mean you have to spend all your free time on it either. So, what are some things you can contribute yourself?


The Trail Beadz Journey

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What is Trail Beadz™?

It is a fun way to discover new destinations!

Trail Beadz™ encompasses far more than just of hunting down bead charms; it is about exploration and discovery.

We like to think of it as Pokemon Go meets Pandora Beads meets Wine Trails!

Pokemon Go is a location based rewards game that is played by millions of people.  It gets people out and moving to discover new locations and acquire the characters in the game.  Pandora beads are a widely popular collectible bracelet that women love to collect and customize.  Trail Beadz is a mesh of the two:  A fun way to discover new destinations, wineries, boutiques and more as you collect the bead charms to create your custom memory bracelet of each destination.  It is a fun way to commemorate your life and journey.

A big part of the fun is connecting with the story of the business and being part of their story.  Don’t forget to ask why they chose that bead and learn about their story.

As in any true adventure, you will need a map–which you can pick up at any of the Trail Beadz™ businesses or by going to our fully mobilized website where you will find a map, pictures of the beads, and a partner event calendar.  You can even get directions to your next stop from your  phone. Please share your Trail Beadz™ stories.  Post your photos on social media and tag us. #trailbeadz #onthetrailbeadztrail.

“The world is shaped by two things — stories told and the memories they leave behind” ―Vera Nazarian, Dreams of the Compass Rose

Happy Trails!

Trail Beadz: A Fun, Engaging Promotion That Pays for Itself!

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Story Telling
Story telling is how we make meaning out of the chaos of human existence. It provides a shape, so that our own lives have a beginning, middle and an end, and we can feel like we’ve meant something, and left our mark on the world. If just one person can tell just one iota of their life story, then they have a narrative and were the protagonists in their own life story.
~Jon Ferreira, Director, Actor, Educator, Geek!

You have a story to share. A continuing story that your visitors are an important part of. A story of where you came from, of where you are going and how your visitors are a part of it. A story you can use to connect and engage with. Trail Beadz™ is a way to share a lasting piece of your story with your visitors and your bead is a way for them to share the story of the role you played in their narrative.

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That’s where Trail Beadz™ comes into play. Because people are looking for excitement and engagement today, being a Trail Beadz™ member can help to increase these opportunities through a fun, engaging trail. Each winery/business on the trail will have their own signature keepsake bead that represents the story of their business (For Example: Turtle Creek Wines would have a turtle bead). They will sell their signature bead and starter bracelets that trailers use to create their own unique story bracelet from their Trail Beadz™ Trail stops.

The result is a custom bracelet that is an unforgettable keepsake of their trip and experience with you.
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