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Publisher Roger Coover Advertising Director Deitra Kenoly Editor Karen Bakhtegan Cover Artist Gabriel Reyes Graphic Artists Jason LaMasters Jason Ente Dan Loeffelbein Advertising Specialist Liz Saldivar Social Media Jason LaMasters

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.

Contributors Charleen Earley Middagh Goodwin Melissa Hutsell Denzel A. Jackson Jack Jacobs Howard Lachtman Matt Lazaro Ben Sanchez Susan Michener Spracher Joshua Stoner

—Robert Swann


e hear it daily in the news, in documentaries, from scientists, activists and organizations…our planet is in trouble and we must act now to reverse the damage we have done. As an individual it seems overwhelming. No matter how much energy I invest in making choices that are environmentally friendly, it feels so small compared to the enormous task at hand. But then I look around at the other individuals in our community that are taking the same small steps and suddenly it feels possible. My seeming insignificant efforts coupled with the seemingly insignificant efforts of another, and then another, and then another… get the picture.

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We hope you enjoy learning about some of the people right here in our community contributing to the well being of our planet every day.

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09 meet the cover artist - gabriel reyes

10-19 eco - bridge over troubled water - ah…honey honey - generation ag - pedal pushers - purity in a bottle

20 merchant - community minded, mother earth approved

22 the book nook - delta grandeur

24 digs - déjà new

26 cultivate - buzz to the eighties - right on target

30 bites - cucina italiana - vegelicious!

33 health korner -eat your organics

34 the undercurrent - café rock-iato - column 33: the little kicks

36 get out - april events calendar

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Medium Used: For the Hummingbird piece I used the app Procreate on my iPad. But I often switch what mediums I use, preferring traditional mediums, I use acrylics, oils, watercolor, charcoal, pen & ink, and lately even ballpoint pen!

Gabriel Reyes Stockton

Where can our readers find your art? The best place to keep up with my current work, including daily sketches is my Instagram, @abraxas579. I try to post daily (or every other day) sketches as well as works-in-progress or finished pieces. People can also find my art at my website,  

What does being an artist mean to you? The root of my love of art was the first time I saw Star Wars. I was blown away as a kid seeing Return of the Jedi, and this is right when the movie came out. Being transported to this super well thought out universe left a big impression on me. The fact that one man created this whole galaxy was amazing. Throughout the years, I’ve taken that “wow” factor and have realized that being an artist means evoking an emotion from the viewer. If a piece of art speaks to you whether you love it, hate it, or it makes you saw “wow!”, I’ve managed to bring out a reaction and I know I’ve done my job. 

Why do you choose to live/work in San Joaquin County? Family. Family is here and that’s what’s most important. And over the years I’ve gotten close to friends that I now consider family.   april 2017

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Restore the Delta



by Melissa Hutsell

he San Francisco Bay Delta supports a remarkable amount of life on all levels. From aquatic ecosystems to agriculture, it’s a vital source for the state’s populations and its industries.


As water issues remain at the forefront of California’s agenda, these waterways need more protection now than ever before. The SF Bay Delta watershed covers more than 75,000 miles, and includes the only inland delta in the world, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is also home to the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas. Aside from being an astounding source of beauty and wildlife, the waterway provides drinking water for more than 25 million Californians, and 7,000 square miles of agriculture. However, the SF Bay Delta continues to face a number of challenges; pollution, increased demand for water, and destruction of habitats are among its biggest threats. Restore the Delta, a Stockton-based nonprofit, is on a mission to protect and restore the Delta’s waterways for future generations. The nonprofit organization launched just over a decade ago in 2006 as part of the Friends of the River project. In 2011, Restore the Delta became independent. In that time span, the organization has grown it’s membership from 70 members to more than 40,000. Members are located throughout the state, and come from all backgrounds including business, agriculture, faith-based organizations, and environmental groups. The organization, said Barbara Barrigan-Padilla, Executive Director and co-founder of Restore the Delta, focuses on water quality, and accessibility. Padilla is passionate about protecting the public interest as it relates to water accessibly and use. “That means that water is a resource to be shared, and protected for all people. I am particularly interested in protections for delta communities,” she added, which include families who have farmed along the shores for several generations. She is also equally interested in protecting the estuary and its fisheries, which have seen a decline of nearly 90 percent in the last 30 years. Coastal communities from Northern Santa Barbara to Southern Washington depend on the SF Bay Delta, explained Padilla. So does the biological health of many species far and wide. “Even Orcas from the Puget Sound [depend on this system],” she added, “[they are] genetically programed to eat Sacramento salmon.” Without sufficient protections and regulations, we don’t just loose salmon, explained Padilla; we then loose orcas. Coastal salmon economies also face collapse. “There is so much life – human, aquatic or wildlife – that’s tied to the health of the Delta.” For this reason, she said, the waterway should not only be protected, but also celebrated. “We are the largest and most important stop on the Pacific flyway for migrating water fowl, such as geese, ducks, and cranes,” added Padilla. In fact, the EPA finds that “two-thirds of California’s salmon pass through these waters, and at least half of the state’s Pacific Flyway migratory water birds rely on the region’s wetlands.”

Silhouette of Endangered Sandhill Cranes and Golden Sunset, San Joaquin Delta, California


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“Between the fish, plants and wildlife, there are more than 700 native or endangered species that are tied to the Delta,” said Padilla, “Many of them have been in decline.” Among the species that have been pushed to the april 2017

brink of extinction are Chinook Salmon and Delta Smelt. Climate change and over-exported water also pose challenges to the Delta. In addition to the life it supports, these Natural Butterfly Shaped Sunset Reflection over Leafless Trees, San Joaquin Delta, California wetlands control water flow, and filter out pollutants. According to the San Francisco Baykeeper, “Because of their critical functions, wetlands are often thought as the kidneys of the earth, and their role in the San Francisco Bay is no exception.” Longer dry (and wet) periods affect the influx of fresh and salt water, increasing or decreasing its salinity, which plants and animals may not tolerate. For these reasons and more, Restore the Delta is on a mission to preserve these precious waterways for future generations through education and outreach. “We train water advocates regularly. We’ve given over 1,000 talks in 11 years.” Through their efforts, Restore the Delta’s message has reached more than two million people internationally. They are able to do so with the help of traditional and social media. For instance, the group’s social media sites reach half a million people each month. Restore the Delta has also been featured in such publications as “The New York Times” and “The Guardian,” to name only a few. The nonprofit also released a documentary, titled “Over Troubled Waters”, in 2012. The film focuses on water sustainability, and stopping the Delta Tunnel Project. According to the Sacramento Bee, the controversial multi-billion dollar project (otherwise known as California WaterFix) plans to build two tunnels, which would run from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the Southern San Joaquin Valley. Delta landowners, environmentalist, and Restore the Delta oppose the project. In ten years, Padilla said she’d like to see the Delta tunnel project be a distant memory. She’d also like to see “enough fresh water at all times to keep it healthy.” In addition, she said, “We would like to see improved habitat in areas that don’t conflict with family farmers, and in areas where it works well for everyone involved.” Improved public access is also important, added Padilla, “so people can see the relationship between land and water. It’s absolutely beautiful. It’s one of the best kept secrets.” To make this a reality, Padilla said, “we need to lessen our dependence on delta while protecting other economies throughout the state.” ❂ To learn more, or to get involved, visit

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The SF Bay Delta is the only inland estuary in the world. An estuary is where fresh and salt water mix, which create thriving ecosystems.

Five rivers flow into the Delta, including: the San Joaquin, Sacramento, Mokelumne, Cosumnes, and Calaveras Rivers. Water then flows through the San Francisco Bay through the Golden Gate and into the Pacific Ocean.

Some regions of the Delta are only accessible by boat.

Delta Smelt, spring and winter run Chinook Salmon, and Steelhead as well as the Greater Sandhill Crane are all endangered species which pass through and rely on these waterways.

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Boggs Tract Community Farm Bees by Joshua Stoner


he Boggs Tract Community Farm has a problem with bees-well actually, it’s more accurate to say that the farm would have a problem, if there were no bees! Bees are instrumental to the growth of the crops on this farm, and these bees are well taken care of. Take it from George Dale, the farm beekeeper, who cares for the bees year-around. Dale has owned his own beekeeping business for years now, where he collects swarms of unwanted bees from the walls of desperate homeowners, and was originally asked to come in and give educational presentations on beekeeping to those visiting the farm. “The farm had bees brought in at one point, because since the farm is self-sustainable, they want the bees there to pollinate all the crops. The crops need pollination to grow strong. The self-sustaining process happens as the bees pollinate to make healthy crops, then the crops produce food and seeds, resulting in the food being distributed to the surrounding community, and in turn the seeds are planted and the process begins again.” What a beautiful cycle! So what does a day in the life of a beekeeper look like? It depends on what time of the year you are asking.









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“Depending on the time of year, my job changes,” says Dale. “January is the time of year when the bees are taken out to begin pollination. This involves transporting bees, which happens only at night, and results in placing the bees in a new orchard so that they can get reoriented in their new home.” Dale’s job consists of doing the routine and necessary things that will keep his bees happy. One way to tell if a hive is happy, is by taking a look at it’s honey! “Each hive could produce up to 100-150 lbs per year. The stronger the colony and the number of bees, the more honey they can make.” The Boggs Tract Community Farm, or sometimes just known as the Puentes farm after the group who originated it, is a non-profit organization. However, the honey collected from the bees helps the farm to pay its bills. The jars are sold, as seen in most places, in a one pound quantity but delicious honey and organic veggies are not all this farm has to offer. “The farm actually teaches people how to grow their own food through educational classes. These classes help educate the community on the benefits of having a farm like this in the area. Even though we live right in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley, we live in a kind of ‘food desert’ where we can’t seem to find any foods that aren’t covered in pesticides and that are good for us.” So long as George Dale and his bees are hard at work on the Puentes Farm, then the Stockton community has one more place to help it grow healthier and happier!

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Learning the Art of Agriculture and Leadership

Story by Melissa Hutsell Photos by Jocelyn Preciado


he Future Farmers of America (FFA) are preparing youth all over the nation to become leaders. At the regional level, our local FFAs teach thousands of students how to make a difference in their communities, and their careers.

Students at Merrill F.We st High School enjoying the chapter’s petting zoo.

The FFA, according to the organization’s national website,, is an “intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership.” Its mission is to “prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population.” Members come from a diversity of backgrounds, and include doctors, chemists, engineers, business owners and teachers all over the U.S. The national organization was established in Kansas City, Missouri in 1928. The founding group is comprised of 33 students from 18 different states, according to The FFA was incorporated at a time when interest in agriculture was fading. In response, regional, and eventually, a national organization were created to re-spark interest and pride in farming. Today, millions of students ages 12-21 participate in the more than 7,850 chapters throughout all 50 states, and two U.S. territories. More than 11,000 teachers and nearly 226,000 alumni members also help to form the organization. ey, sheep, and Rabbits, chicks, a donk animals that a pony were among the a petting for t ou ht students broug week at FFA l zoo, part of the Nationa h. Merrill F. West Hig

Altogether, its members earn over $4 billion each year for their experience, reports the national organization. Through this experience, members learn the science, the business and the art behind the industry and its many facets. Chapter members are given hands on experience in a variety of agriculture related fields, from technology to communication. The organization also teaches students skills that are useful, no matter which career they choose, explained Kristen Buck, staff member and ag science teacher at East Union High School in Manteca. Students learn how to set goals, and how to use the tools at their disposal to go after their dreams, said Buck, lessons important for both personal and professional success.

Mer rill F. West Hi gh School Princip Troy Brown, was chosen by student le Mr. s to a donkey during National FFA week kiss .


For example, she added, “they learn how to write a resume and a cover letter and learn how to interview.” Public speaking is also an integral part of the organization, as it instills confidence and articulation.

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The chapter consists of more than 300 students, who mainly study ag science, along with floriculture and/or agricultural mechanics. Members also participate in activities, including monthly FFA meetings, competitions, agricultural festivals and fundraising events. During National FFA Week, Feb. 20th-24th, students ran lunch time activities such as petting zoos, and games like ‘toss the egg’ where they taught others about the poultry industry. Participants also learn responsibility through different levels of involvement – whether that be raising an animal or a houseplant, explained Tristyn Silva, floriculture teacher at East Union High. The chapter also has a farm, located in Manteca, which it shares with five member chapters in the region. Here on the approximately 50-acre property, students can house animals, have a garden and also, work with bees. Vegetables from the garden are brought to the schools, as sort of a “farm to fork” project, said Silva. Silva said that many who participate in the FFA in high school go on to attend two or four-year colleges, or work in fields such as mechanics and construction. Brittney Scott, President of Tracy’s Merrill F. West High School FFA, said she plans on pursuing animal science in college. Scott, a senior, has been an active member of the school’s FFA chapter for four years. Her participation in the organization, she explained, has inspired her to pursue a career in in the field of agriculture, particularly working with large animals. Scott became involved in the organization because of her passion for animals, she said. Her specialization has become animal sciences, which she plans to study in college. Other than instilling a passion for animal science, the FFA has taught Scott the value of teamwork and positivity, she said. “One of the biggest things [I’ve learned] is that no organization can run smoothly without a team.” She has also learned how to find her voice, and a love for teaching children. Perhaps the most important lesson Scott has taken from her experience is that, without the FFA, “we’d go naked and hungry,” she said. For more information about the FFA, visit

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Pedal Pushers San Joaquin Bike Coalit ion: Making Something

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Kari McNickle alking with Board Chair Bike Coalition of the San Joaquin go the garage, makes you want to and go for a ride. dust off your bicycle alition members She and her fellow Co cycling is becoming hope you will, since of transportation and the preferred method eir mission.To achieve recreation is part of th s with local agencies that, the group work the community more on changes to make not so hard to do with bicycle friendly, “It’s filling in the gaps new development. It’s at’s needed to make that exist in the city th congruent,” McNickle getting around more e on the horizon with said. Improvements ar Bicycle Master Plan a draft of the City’s g. rewrite due this sprin ers and building Improved safety for rid r car drivers about better awareness fo are objectives the shar ing the road t forth by being active Coalition has brough steering committee. on the Master Plan’s e of fatalities every Citing the occurrenc es that the Coalition year, McNickle shar on and resources to seeks to offer educati s and motorists to bicyclists, pedestrian ons for all, “It’s time improve safety conditi



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Promoting cycling wi th riding events is another function of the Coalition that the community bene fits from. Good weather means the LSD (Long, Slow, Distance) ride is on fo r the first Saturday of every month. Meant to be a moderate ride for cyclists of all skills, McNickle says, “We have rider s from all walks of lif e.” The Coalitio n’s Fifth Annual fundraiser, the Best Ride Ever Ride, is on May 7th and offe rs route options of varying lengths that lea d riders through Lodi and Woodbrid ge vineyards and beyond if they choose . It’s just one event celebrating National Bike Month; others include Bike to Work Day, a Full Moon Ride and Bike & Brun ch. Bicycle riding can he lp put one in better touch with their community, “The world looks different when you’re on a bike,” McNickle says . Grab your bike and hop on. You don’t want to miss out on that.  For more information

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Purit y in a bottle

Bozzano Organic Olive Ranch by Joshua Stoner


photos courtesy Bozzano Organic Olive Ranch


live oil is a beloved staple of kitchens across the country. It is sought after for it’s smooth taste and it’s health advantages. How do you make something great even better? In this case, you grow it organically. Bozzano Organic Olive Ranch takes serious pride in the growing of its staple product. “Our olives are certified by the USDA. After milling season, samples are sent to the USDA to be approved and ensure our certification,” says Yvette Bustamante, Bozzano Sales & Marketing Representative. The ranch’s website proudly displays their status as “100% Organic, non-GMO, certified, and sustainably farmed in the local area.” The farm originally began with growing organic cherries and later moved to the production of olives. “We are really all about quality. The best part of being a small company is that we have the time to really ensure that the quality of our products is on point,” says Bustamante.

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What would a superb product like Bozzano’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil be without an intricate and rigorous production process? Not hardly as interesting! “Our olive oil begins its production process when the olives hit the shipping and receiving department. Here, they check the olives and make sure there are no pesticides on them. Then, they tag, weigh, and dump the olives onto a conveyer to sort out any debris. The olives then go through two shaker pans, the first to get out any missed debris, and the second to wash thoroughly. The olives then travel back onto another belt and into a milaxer, which is heated to 70 degrees, and blends the olives to ensure the retrieval of its oil. The oil then travels into an incredibly fast spinner to extract the pumus from the oil, and in the sink is the final oil product.” Yvette not only represents the sales end of the company, but also takes a part in the processing of the product she helps sell, as an assistant miller at the ranch as well. Bozzano contracts with a handful of restaurants in the Bay Area, as well as a few out of state, but you will find it featured at a few local establishments such as Lincoln Center’s Market Tavern. If you are in the mood for some of the best organic olive oil in our area, check out Bozzano’s products. They even carry oils in various flavors, such as garlic, lemon, and orange, if you’re up for a sensory adventure! ❦

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We love that we are a family business and not a corporate dealership, like many in the area,

— Steve Kubitz


ig Valley Ford in Stockton is not only good for our planet, with their three electric vehicles in their Ford and Lincoln model lineups, but they’re also good for our community. Let me explain. Paul and Jan Umdenstock opened their doors back in 1982 when investing in Stockton’s Ford dealership, previously known as Eagle Ford, then Fairway Ford – remember them? “They chose to name it Big Valley Ford after the successful 1960’s television program filmed here in Stockton,” said Jackie Kurtzer, PR & Digital Marketing


Big Valley Ford Story and photos by Charleen Earley

at Big Valley Ford Lincoln. “Big Valley has grown and added Lincoln Motor Company to their transportation choices.” But for more than the last three decades, they also decided to invest in their community. “Last year we partnered with, sponsored and supported the Emergency Food Bank of San Joaquin County, Junior League of Stockton, the March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction and the American Cancer Society Gala, to name a few,” said Jackie. “We have been in business for 35 years and that would not have been possible

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without the support of the community,” she added. “The same community that supports us, we enjoy supporting and investing in them.” Investing in Mother Earth on a local and global level is important to them too. “The world is becoming greener and Ford and Lincoln Motor companies are helping to lead the way by cutting emissions, using recycled materials in their vehicles and increasing fuel efficiency,” said Jackie. “Purchasing a hybrid or electric vehicle helps reduce our carbon footprint, which is impactful on a global level, not just a local level.”

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While their electric vehicle options fit their customer’s lifestyles to increase fuel economy or forego gasoline altogether, their new 2017 Ford Fusion hybrid is a ‘Top Safety Pick’ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and received a five-star overall vehicle score in the New Car Assessment Program tested and rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Parallel with their high level of environmental and safety standards, is their customer service. “Our mission statement is ‘Trust, Respect, Patience, Hospitality, Follow Through,’” said General Manager Steve Kubitz. “These are the cornerstones of our employee interactions with customers and team members.” “We don’t just sell vehicles, we have a great retail and wholesale parts sales team,” added Steve. “Our service department assists individual customers as well as fleet customers. We also have one of the best rated body shops in the Valley.” As manager and managing partner at Big Valley, Steve measures their progress and customer satisfaction on a daily basis. “The culture of the dealership is open and engaging both with the customers and staff. We are always trying to make the time and money spent by the customer feel right and fair.” Community and customer-minded, Steve said they recently purchased a state-of-the-art paint booth for their body shop. “We are always upgrading our facility,” he added. “To make it more functional for our customers.” Big Valley Ford Lincoln 3282 Auto Center Circle Stockton, CA 95212 800.871.8112  april 2017

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tockton photographer/author Rich Turner has taken his camera to the South Pole on Navy duty and into the rough and tumble of daily newspaper deadlines. But nothing, Turner says, equals the professional and personal satisfaction he derives photographing the San Joaquin Delta. A passionate Delta roamer, Turner’s fine eye for photographic composition and color has earned him accolades and exhibitions at colleges and museums. Best of all, it has given him a mission to call attention to a region ecologically endangered by California water politics. In his popular slide show presentations, Turner uses his low-key manner and vibrant photos to make a persuasive case for the Delta as a food producer for the world and a recreational haven for those seeking to escape into the peace of nature.

“My photographs---to borrow a line from songwriter Johnny Mercer—accentuate the positives of the Delta, its beauty, character and commerce, in hopes of raising public awareness of the need to preserve this precious natural resource,” Turner said. ”Naturally, when we love something, we protect it.” Turner’s protective urge led him to gather eye-catching examples of his explorations in his first book, Delta Grandeur. Exhibits based on the book premiered in 2016 at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum before traveling to UC Merced and Fullerton, and a current show at CSU Chico’s Gateway Science Center. This summer, the exhibit will make a two-month visit at Pleasanton’s Museum on Main. Turner’s talks range from personal meditations on the art of Delta photography to local crop issues such as wine grape harvesting and dwindling asparagus production. In the works for 2018 is his second book, Tidewater Tales: Delta Denizens, Portraits and Stories. In it, Turner will offer a different kind of Delta tour, focused on the personalities and lifestyles of those who call the region home. Although some of the more outspoken Save the Delta proponents are considering legal action or threatening to secede from the rest of California, Turner favors a gentler form of persuasion. “I prefer not to preach about all the troubles and threats the Delta faces,” Turner said. “I think there are enough smart people who are much more expert in these fields than myself. I do, however, mention the dreaded tunnels and the fact that, if they are allowed, there are those who would exploit and plunder the Delta for profit.” Turner hopes his books and public presentations can help people in and beyond San Joaquin to become Delta partisans, increasing appreciation for what the region offers and the importance of preserving it for generations unborn. The intriguing photos and informed commentaries of Delta Grandeur have found a receptive audience. The softcover edition of the book sold out quickly; the keepsake edition is prized by collectors. Now Turner is navigating the Delta to record the personalities and stories that promise to make Tidewater Tales an equally valuable reference for sightseers and armchair explorers alike. 22

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“In my first book, I favored showing the profound beauty and the recreational, wildlife and commercial aspects of the Delta,” Turner said. “What I want to do In Tidewater Tales is talk to people who live, work, play, and raise their families in the Delta, and learn something about their life out there.” Turner’s idea has excited exhibitors and sponsors such as David Stuart, executive director of the San Joaquin County Historical Museum, launch site for the new book and exhibition in early 2018. “Seldom are the rich history and culture—or the people that call the Delta home--considered by its interpreters,” said Stuart. “Tidewater Tales will address that oversight.” Utilizing his camera and reportorial skills, Turner will give voice to farmers, growers, fishermen, ferry operators, big city transplants, small business operators and others whose tales can lend readers insight and understanding of the Delta and why its preservation matters. “In my travels, I always hope to have those surprises that occur whenever we venture out and open our eyes and minds to the possibilities,” the explorer explained. Alert as always to those possibilities and eager for more surprises, Rich Turner has embarked once again on the adventure trail. 

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New & Again Consignment Furniture Gallery


by Charleen Earley

ot many businesses can say they grew out of the ‘Great Recession’ period in the Central Valley, but New & Again Consignment Furniture Gallery in Lodi defied the odds.

Opening their doors literally the day after Thanksgiving in 2006, owners Allan, Pamala, Hayley and their staff offer historic downtown Lodi shoppers quality furniture and unique items at affordable prices.

Not only that, the family conducts estate sales and sells consignment items in their store with a 50/50 split on sales. They’ve sold some interesting pieces along the way. “The most surprising item was a Dirk Van Earp hand-hammered copper lamp from the early 1900s that the consignor thought was worth more than a couple of antique dealers had offered him for it,” said Pamala, a born and raised Stocktonian. “It had been passed down through the family. We recognized it and put it on eBay and it sold for over $7,000!” Allan, who was born in New Westminster, B.C. Canada and immigrated to the U.S. in 1988, and became a citizen in 2008, said within their 6,000 square foot showroom on School Street, and an additional 1,500 square feet backroom, they sell a variety of high quality items. “We sell virtually everything except for appliances, electronics and clothing, unless the item has some vintage or antique provenance to it,” said Allan. “An example might be an old box radio from the early part of the last century. It is electronic but it has more value as an antique.” Their staff accepts consignment items on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and brings in estate items on Mondays – which only means one thing – each week, there are new treasures to troll. “Our customers appreciate the quality, condition and variety of the items we offer, the great prices we post on the items and the rapid turnover of inventory,” said Allan. “Our customers are always commenting on the changing variety of items that we feature.” Allan and Pamala are grooming their daughter Hayley Jackson, age 37, to one day take over the business.

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“She’s part owner and also runs the day-to day store operation,” said Pamala. “She is gradually taking over the business more and more every day. This all takes place seamlessly while fulfilling her full time job as a wife and mother to our three school-aged and busy grandchildren.” The family believes in giving back to the community by donating to the local American Cancer Society Thrift Store and Children’s Dream Works, but they also started fundraising events that cater to those who have nowhere to go during the 4th of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day. It’s their New & Again Hot Dog BBQ, where they barbecue and sell hot dogs, a bag of chips and soda for $1.50 and donate all the proceeds to Children’s Dream Works. “It just gets better and better every year,” said Allan. “We now have regulars who would not miss the event under any circumstances. It’s a fun event and we plan on keeping it going as long as we can.” They also plan on making sure that each customer who walks through their glass doors is treated with utmost respect in all aspects of their business. “I would like to say how proud we are that we not only survived the ‘Great Recession,’ but that we grew our business during that time to the extent that we have developed a great following of customers,” said Allan. “We now have over 5,000 consignors on our books, who have also become kind of like family members. We are also proud of the fact that we have had tremendous support from our employees and that we have provided an income to them and their families.” For more information, visit their website at

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The 26th Annual Trivia BEE Fundraiser

by Jack Jacobs


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It’s funny how folks can still get riled up over the outcome of a 55-year-old movie. On March 8th, my wife Ramona and I attended the tryouts for the Friends of the Lodi Library Trivia Bee team. The 11th question asked that night stirred the controversy pot big time. Back in 1962 Lee Marvin starred in the title role in the movie “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” as the dreaded gunfighter who finally gets his comeuppance. But at whose hand? John Wayne’s or Jimmy Stewart’s? Friends tryout moderator Deborah Westler ruled in favor of John Wayne. Later on, back at the house, Ramona and I watched the end of the movie on You Tube to get a clear answer. Honestly, we thought it could go either way. Part of me was counting on a definitive ruling that night from Ron Northrup, the San Joaquin County Superior Court judge who regularly decides the tough cases at the Library and Literacy Foundation’s annual Trivia Bee Fundraiser. But he won’t be called back to judge such trivial matters until May 12, when he joins the Trivia Bee’s Master of Ceremonies, Tim Daly, for Stockton’s annual “clash of wits” at the Stockton Arena. This year’s theme is “The 1980s.” All questions that night will somehow, someway be related to that decade. In a certain sense the Trivia Bee is coming full circle this year. For the first time in the contest’s quarter-century history, the Friends of the Lodi Public Library will field a team—hence the tryouts. But it also brings back into play Friends of the Lodi Public Library’s Vice President, Diane Freggiaro, who was so instrumental in the first Trivia Bee back in January of 1992. Back then the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library’s Library Literacy Project was in danger of losing its state financing. Diane was the Administrative Services Manager at the Stockton-San Joaquin Public Library, looking for a way to keep the project afloat. Coming home from a fact-finding mission at a Trivia Bee Fundraiser in Redwood City in 1991, Diane and colleagues Pat Torbett and


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< Loralee McGaughey, while high atop the Altamont Pass, decided they could do a better job of putting on a Trivia Bee than the folks across the Bay. Their first effort raised $13,000 for the Library Literacy Project at the Foundation’s first Bee 25 years ago. That endeavor also included crafting the Trivia Bee questions. Some seventy of those from years past were asked at the March 8th Lodi tryouts. “What does the ‘B’ in Oral-B toothbrush stand for?” “The name for this Japanese musical craze means ‘empty orchestra.’ What is it?” “What physical feature characterizes ungulate animals?” Here are the answers: Hooves.”

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Recently a Record colleague got after me: “You never told me the Trivia Bee could be so much fun!” Well, yes I did. Sometimes paying attention to the clues pays off. “Tom Selleck probably knows this, but do you? What is the term for a bottle of wine holding 1.5 liters?” Of course it has to be “Magnum.” Now there’s a 1980s trivia question and answer for you. So yes, the Trivia Bee Fundraiser is a whole lot of fun, and the competition can be fierce. “What’s a Gibson gold top Les Paul with humbuckers?” If you guessed “guitar” you would have had a good shot at making the Lodi team. As it is, “Team Diane” is now complete. hen the evening ended Diane Freggiaro W encouraged her newly-formed three-person panel. “I can guarantee you,” she said, “with a 1980s theme there will be a question about the Rubik’s Cube.” Just don’t count on it.

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The 26th annual Trivia Bee,the main fundraiser for the Library Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County, takes place Friday night, May 12, 2017, at the Stockton Arena. Doors open at 5:00 PM This year’s theme is: “The 1980s” Sponsorships available.


The fee for each threeperson team is $600 and includes admission, dinner for each team member, plus a team photo for all three team members. Individual tickets are $30.00 each if purchased before April 21, 2017. $35.00 after. Checks can be made payable to: Librar y Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County and mailed to: The Library and Literacy Foundation 6507 Pacific Avenue, PMB 174 Stockton, CA 95207 For more information contact: Anna Sass at SASS Public Relations, Inc. 957-7277 email: a n n a _ s a s s @ s a s s p r. com

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Archery Academy Photos and story by Ben Sanchez


was fortunate to en ou gh speak in front of business owners at the California Central Valley Ac ad emy Arch er y (CCVAA) last month co mm un ity ab ou t events in Stockton. r of the CCVAA, allowed Matthias Macasaet, owne the Central Valley Asian community members from practice archery. During Chamber of Commerce to phasized the importance his lecture, Macasaet em balance in the mind and of safety, positioning, and hery. The academy is body when practicing arc is willing to learn the art available to anyone who plained several people of archery and Macasaet ex s of their age. Archery is come to practice, regardles as defined by Macasaet considered a mental sport at four years old can out and his youngest student dents. “You must not be shoot his 15-year-old stu part of the best and the like the rest, you must be t about the equipment best think differently. It’s no think differently. I’m not or strength. We train and e, I’m in it to be the best in this sport to be averag when I’m coaching my and that is what I teach students,” said Macasaet. d out of the backyard Today, the business move Stockton Fairgrounds. off March Lane over to the indoor and outdoor The academy includes available for students facilities, with equipment afford their own. The to train with if they cannot problem with archery academy has solved the ps by merging them ranges and equipment sho . “You had an archery together in one location then you have to travel shop to buy equipment and indoor facility. There to the archery range or an Northern California is nothing like this in the ple for everyone by area. I make it very sim academy. We have combining all of that at the n Francisco and Los clients that travel from Sa ility,” said Macasaet. Angeles to train at our fac


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Arlene and Don Ma ca sa et we re tea ch ing arc he ry in their backyard in Stockton in 2013. During that time, Ma ca sa et wa s studying in account and financing in the Ph ilip pin es . Macasaet returned home and started contributing to the business before he had an opportunity to train under Kisik Lee, National Head Coach of the US Olympic Archery Training Program. Fa s t - f o r w a rd to four years later, Ma casaet was one of four chosen as a Natio nal Level 4 NTS Archery Coach out of 20 participants. “C oach Lee redefined arche ry and his technique is based on biomechanics. It takes the mystery out of everything . Each time you draw back the bow, you gain experienc e. We teach position. It is not a muscle sport. There must be harmony in the mind and body,” said Macasaet. Macasaet is more involved with the Stockton commun ity, recently joining the Centr al Valley Asian Chambe r of Commerce, assisting the University of the Pacific archery club an d offering the Junior Olympic Archery Development program. Students fortun ate enough to train under Mascasaet can eventually participate in regional competitions. The future of the academ y will focus on building a larger facility as a resort for people traveling to Stockton .“Stockton is seeing growth and I want people to see all the things our city has to offer. I know the business will bring mo re awareness to this Olympic sport. I’d love for this city to be an archery tow n. It would be great to organize a tou rnament in Stockton,” said Mascasae t. ➳ For more information you can vis it  ce ntralvall eya rch er ya ca de my. com or you can contact Ma casaet at 209351-4660.

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BellaVista: The Start of Something Special by Susan Michener Spracher


he restaurant business is nothing new for Rima Barkett. She had a successful restaurant several years ago until she decided to stay home with her daughter. Now an empty nester, Barkett finds it’s time to return to an endeavor she greatly enjoys. Stocktonians couldn’t be happier to have her back with the opening of BellaVista Cucina Italiana.

The Hotel Stockton location was a draw for Barkett who calls it, “the jewel of Stockton.” Her menu is inspired by a desire to feature healthy foods with simple ingredients. The fact that the recipes are favorites from growing up in Tuscany make for selections that can’t be found elsewhere in town. Here you’ll find several salad selections for lunch, including one called superfood that includes kale, roasted sweet potato, quinoa, shaved fennel, red onion and radicchio with a citrus champagne vinaigrette. Popular pastas include rigatoni with parmesan fondue, soft egg and bacon bits, and house-made spinach and fresh ricotta ravioli with sage butter. Meat and fish are offered in a variety of ways with simple, flavorful sauces. Saving room for dolci (dessert) is a must, but difficult with choices including 3 chocolate semifreddo, salted caramel panna cotta and strawberry tiramisu. Barkett describes the atmosphere as cool with a big city feel, but without the drive. She lightened the colors, added new, modern lighting, made the bar bigger and, “added joy and happiness. Our downtown needs our love – not to be abandoned,” Barkett said. Making the bar bigger included bringing on Drew Reyes as bar manager. With 14 years in the restaurant business, Reyes took pride in putting together a space that, “provides guests with cocktails they’re not used to.” All the juices are fresh and used in craft cocktails like the pomegranate paloma and lemon lavender martini. There’s an extensive list of bourbons, fine tequilas, beer and wines by the glass. Every day has happy hour with select menu items offered for $5.00 between 3 and 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. to close. Barkett wants the community to share in all the space available and 30

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After 6 months of planning, Barkett is happy to have the restaurant open for no other reasons than she loves to feed people, loves creating jobs (40 employees work at the restaurant), and has a passion to change the stigma she says downtown has had. “If I can be here, you can be here.”


offers two meeting rooms for meetings or special events up to 80 people. Spring will bring the opening of the rooftop area called the Terrace at Bella Vista because as Barkett says, “Everyone should enjoy a drink with the view at sunset.”







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The Garden Bowl

by Susan Michener Spracher


busy 14 year career as a realtor grabbing quick meals on the go left Robin Luna-Gonzales with health problems that necessitated a better diet. When she couldn’t find what she was looking for she decided, along with husband James, to fill the gap by opening The Garden Bowl in Downtown Stockton. The idea is to have simple, healthy ingredient salads that are assembled quickly and can be taken to go. Customers fill out an order form selecting their favorite items and stand by while their custom salad is created. A salad with 7 items is $8.95 with extra items .50 each. Chicken, turkey or ham can be added for an additional $2.95.

There’s no need to get tired of the same old with options like Cobb salad, Caesar, Greek and Autumn with apple, bacon, cranberries, feta, egg and pecans. Customer favorites include the Kale Crunch Power Lunch salad with cabbage, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprout, cranberries and pumpkin seeds and Asian Chicken. Soup’s on the menu also, one kind featured each day, with sell-out flavors like roasted red pepper and tomato with gouda cheese and fresh basil, 15 bean, and clam chowder. All served with a Genova Bakery roll. Save room for Grandma’s banana bread, made from a 100 year old recipe and a bargain for just $2.45 a slice. Gonzales says she hadn’t planned to open The Garden Bowl downtown but knew she wanted a small space and one was available at the Waterfront Warehouse. Traffic has been steady, “We wanted to target people who are looking for a good and healthy food option and didn’t see anything like that downtown.” Making good food for people who are happy with what she has to offer is what Gonzales says she loves about her new business.


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by Matt Lazaro Lazaro Nutrition


ver wonder why it’s so important to buy organic? Well, there’s a few very good reasons to do so. The first is obvious: when you buy organic, it is usually grown in better soil and without certain pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides like RoundUp, which is a known endocrine-disruptor and has even been shown to possibly cause liver damage. The second is due to how plants are grown, even those that are organically grown. The usage of pesticides is still prevalent. It is debatable whether these are completely safe, but I would say we are better off buying organic. It is also highly recommended to use natural vegetable/ fruit wash to get rid of any left-over residue from processing. Purchasing organic allows us to also avoid GMO’s which in certain cases have shown some correlations with autoimmune dysfunction.

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When considering the organic vegetables and fruits to bring home with you from the store, always try to buy your items fresh. The reason it matters is because when veggies are stored in cans and/or are frozen, nutrients like B vitamins are damaged and anti-oxidants like Vitamin C and other phytonutrients become compromised. In certain instances, they could fuse to form other compounds that could be harmful. Most canned veggies are also lined with BPA which has been linked to the disruption of hormones. Some preservatives have also been shown to cause digestive problems. In the case of green beans, some studies have shown decreased amounts of available vitamins by up to 30%, 3-4 hours after being picked. The veggie’s ability to best deliver the amounts of nutrients to your body is always in the raw form. Some people have trouble consuming raw veggies due to digestive challenges. In those cases, using green smoothies or cooking them lightly can help ease the process. In raw form, the known phytonutrients are able to have the proper chemical response in your body to help with the production of antioxidants. Some of the best examples are usually in the form of the veggies that have more of a “snap” to them, like celery and carrots. All this being said, eat as many fresh, raw, and organic veggies as possible-and always wash before eating! If you decide to cook your veggies, try not to overcook them to ensure the preservation of as many of their nutrients as possible. ❦





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Blackwater Rises from the Ashes like a Phoenix


t seems that sometimes you can’t keep a good thing down. The Blackwater is what many of us fondly call the address of 912 N. Yosemite St. For nearly 40 years, the address has been home to the Stockton artist community serving up great coffee (long before the boom of corporate cafes) and a home for art and music. There have been times when the proprietors called it something different, and those usually didn’t last long. Originally opened by Robert Heggen in 1981 running it for 17 years along with the Blackwater Roasting Company. Live music was a key component early on, and many of Stockton’s favourites cut their teeth on the tiny stage which has hosted thousands of performers over the years. That small stage was one of the first places I ever performed in Stockton. I remember driving up to Stockton from Modesto to hang out and see bands play in the mid-80’s. 

Nearly 300 people showed up when the doors closed for the first time after celebrating 30 years of the coffee shop, closing the Summer of 2012 under the loving watchful eye of Linda Frontz. In Linda’s time as owner, a new life was brought into the space, and live music happened almost every night of the week. This was a bleak time for the Stockton Arts and live music community. The doors have been open twice since that time with varying degrees of success. Once as the Bus Stop which was not as inviting and most recently as the Blackwater Republic. The owner of the Republic had a lot of work to rebuild since the spot had been nearly gutted after the previous tenant. The Cafe got a facelift, and many locals were thrilled to see the Blackwater name associated with the location once again. Unfortunately with erratic hours and never getting a beer and wine license the doors once again closed and the future was unsure.  Local artists can rejoice. Once again the doors are open, and the address on Yosemite has been rebranded as the Blackwater Delicatessen, serving gourmet coffee, along with a delicious menu. Add to this, rotating art from local artists and live music. The great Wednesday Night Open Mic is back and hosted by Jason Winland. I know I am not alone in the decades of good coffee and music being served up at 912 N.Yosemite St. 


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ho are we when we are alone? This is something I have been pondering, and I’m sure we are the same person as we’re any other time, but maybe there are versions of us that the world never gets to see? We each have our own preference for how much we want to be around other people, and how often we need alone time, which I don’t think is bad at all, but that it is actually healthy to self-explore and build a peaceful relationship with yourself. The reason why I started thinking about this is due to two too interesting instances. One day, I saw this lady at a red light in the car next to mine, and she had no passengers with her. Waiting for the green, she was dancing like a maniac, which had me laughing at how much fun she was having. She looked hyped and excited, but how she was able to dance like Elaine Benes in her little Honda, I’ll never know. Nextly, there is this nice skatepark in Lathrop that I used to go to all the time, and when I would ride my motorcycle there, I would sing my own music because you can hear yourself so well inside of a motorcycle helmet, and while on the highway, no one else is aware. My sister who has a bike too, turns out, did the exact same thing. With these occurrences together, they got me thinking: Who are we when we are alone? I brought this question up to loads of people, family, friends, and coworkers, and got some very cool answers. I put together a small collection of some of my favorite responsesNearly 100% of everyone I talked to sings extravagantly and dances obnoxiously, and this happens in varying amounts of garb for each person. The next most common activity is that all of us tend to talk aloud when we aren’t around other people. Sometimes it’s to practice fun accents, practice explaining things to people, getting ready for an argument you know is going to happen, having extended conversations with a 7-foot teddy bear, or even to explore the wide range of sounds we can make with our mouths. Following that, I found a small amount of people who experiment with screaming when no one is around, which I think is out of curiosity of what it sounds like since we don’t tend to scream on a day-to-day basis, most of us. One of my favorite answers from a friend, was that he liked to think deeply on abstract and trivial topics, even though he doesn’t talk about them much. Although, I’m sure this one goes for everyone, even though only a few brought it up.

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Do you think this changes the way you look at people? After all, each one of us is just that, another person trying to understand our self and the universe around us. I chose to explore this topic simply because it’s interesting, and not common habit for people to open the windows into their remote life. And one other reason, which I think is a big one, realize that you’re not the only one who makes funny faces in front of the bathroom mirror, we are all doing that. There is one thing about this that quite bummed me out: If all of us are dancing and singing pretty much everyday, why don’t we just dance together? the current


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Stockton Civic Theatre presents The Subject is Love: A New Musical Revue Stockton Civic Theatre 2312 Rose Marie Lane, Stockton For show times and tickets: 209.473.2424 Now – April 2

Art Against Violence Exhibit

SJ County Fairgrounds- Plants & Flowers Building 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton Free Admission 10am -2pm; Wed - Sun More info: draw-it-out

April 1

Night at the Museum Fundraiser

Children’s Museum of Stockton 402 W. Weber Avenue, Stockton 6-10pm Tickets & info: 209465-4386 or

April 6-8

Brookside School Presents “Bugsy Malone Jr.”

2962 Brookside Road, Stockton April 6 & 7 – 7pm April 8- 2pm Info: 209-953-8642 April 6-8

April 1

4th Annual Fruit of the Vine: Food, Beer & Wine Stroll

St. Luke Catholic Elementary School 4005 N. Sutter Street, Stockton 6-9:30pm Info:

“The Choice” Theatrical Presentation

The Home Church 11451 N. West Lane, Stockton April 6 & 7 – 7:30pm April 8- 2pm Info: 209-339-7333 April 7

Gospel center Rescue Mission Annual Gala

Stockton Golf & Country Club 3800 W. country Club Blvd., Stockton 6pm - midnight Info: 209-957-7277

Now – April 9

Showbiz Theatre Company presents “Godspell”

1744 Pacific Avenue, Stockton Fri & Sat 7:30pm Sun 2pm 209-938-0447

April 8

Opening Day on the Delta

Stockton Sailing Club 4950 Buckley Cove Way, Stockton 7am -5pm Info: 209-951-5600

March 31 – April 8

University of the Pacific Theatre Arts presents “Goodlife Pharmacomm”

The Long Theatre @ UOP 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton Showtimes & info: 209-946-2116 Arts/ April 1

Lodi Wine & Food Festival

Ole Mettler Grape Pavillion @ Lodi Grape Festival Grounds 413 E. Lockeford Street, Lodi 2pm – 6pm Info: 209369-2771


April 1&2

Pacific Opera Theatre Presents Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”

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13th Annual Easter Run & Fun

Faye Spanos Concert Hall @ UOP 3511 Pacific Avenue, Stockton April 1 - 8pm April 2 - 2pm Info 209-946-2415

Grand Foundation Student Film Festival

Grand Theatre Center for the Arts 715 Central Avenue, Tracy 10am – 6pm 209-831-6858 April 8

Canvas & Crepes at The Mile 1825 Pacific Avenue, Stockton 12:30-4pm Tickets: 209-430-4483 or 209-5133409 Info:

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Bear Creek Community Church 11171 N. Lower Sacramento Road, Stockton 8am – 12 pm Info: 209-951-9229

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April 8

Mudville Dames Author Fest featuring Maria V. Snyder

April 14 - 16

Stockton Cambodian Temple New Year Celebration

Stockton Civic Theatre 2312 Rose Marie Lane, Stockton 1-6pm 209-244-4759

Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple 3732 Carpenter Road, Stockton 209-938-1555

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April 15

Stockton Symphony Presents Classics V: Seasonal Finale, Rite of Spring

Warren Atherton Auditorium @ San Joaquin Delta College 5151 Pacific Avenue, Stockton 6-9 pm Info: April 8

Gospel Fest 2017

Tillie Lewis Theater @ San Joaquin Delta College 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton 7-9 pm Info: 209-479-2570 April 11

University Concert Band Faye Spanos Concert Hall @ University of the Pacific 3511 Pacific Avenue, Stockton 7:30-9:30 pm Info: April 12

Pacific Jazz Ensemble University Concert Band

The StockMarket

Caldwell Park Pacific Avenue & Alpine Avenue, Stockton 10 am -4pm 209-322-7624 April 16

Annual Sikh Parade & Festival Stockton Sikh Temple 1930 S. Grant Street, Stockton info: 209-937-0136 April 19

Pacific Percussion Ensemble

Faye Spanos Concert Hall @ University of the Pacific 3511 Pacific Avenue, Stockton 7:30-9:30 pm Info: April 20 – August 27

“Call to Duty: World War Posters”

Faye Spanos Concert Hall @ University of the Pacific 3511 Pacific Avenue, Stockton 7:30-9:30 pm Info:

@ The Haggin Museum 1201 N. Pershing Avenue Stockton Sat-Sun 12-5pm Wed-Fri 1:30- 5 pm 1st & 3rd Thurs 1:30-9pm Info: 209-940-6300

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April 21 -23

The Vibe Poetry Event The Sycamore 630 E Weber Avenue, Stockton 9:30-Midnight 209-635-0536

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San Joaquin Asparagus Festival San Joaquin County Fairgrounds 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton 10-8 pm

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Lodi Beer Fest

Lodi Grape Festival Grounds 413 E. Lockeford Street, Lodi 1-5pm Info: April 22

University Symphony Orchestra

Faye Spanos Concert Hall @ University of the Pacific 3511 Pacific Avenue, Stockton 7:30-9:30 pm Info: April 24

Stockton Earth Day

Victory Park 1201 N. Pershing Avenue, Stockton 11am -4pm Info: April 26

Resident Artist Series: Faculty Piano Recital Hall @ University of the Pacific 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton 7:30-9:30 pm Info: April 26- May 13

Stockton Civic Theatre Presents “Calendar Girls”

Stockton Civic Theatre 2312 Rose Marie Lane, Stockton Showtimes & info: April 28

Pacific Choral Ensemble Faye Spanos Concert Hall @ University of the Pacific 3511 Pacific Avenue, Stockton 7:30-9:30 pm Info: April 29

Great Big Read Stockton Janet Leigh Plaza 222 N. El Dorado Street, Stockton 11am – 2pm Info: 209-464-5246


April 29

Piano Las Vegas Starring Ryan Ahern Hutchins Street Square 125 S. Hutchins Street, Lodi 7pm – 8:45pm 209-333-6782 April 29 & 30

Children’s Dance Theatre of Tracy presents “Alice in Wonderland” Grand Theatre Center for the Arts 715 Central Avenue, Tracy 1-3pm 209-831-6858 April 30

Stockton Lowrider Super Show, Concert & Hop

San Joaquin County Fairgrounds 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton 11 am – 6pm Info: April 30

Friends of the Fox present Classic Movie: “Singin’ in the Rain” Bob Hope Theatre 242 E. Main Street, Stockton 1-4pm Info: 209-373-1400


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SJDC FASHION PROGRAM NEARLY NEW SALE San Joaquin Delta College Danner Hall Doors open 10am – 4pm Info: This is not your ordinary sale! The Nearly New Sale features most merchandise at bargain basement prices. Shoppers from around the Stockton, Tracy, Lodi and Sacramento areas come to a unique pop up retail space where brand new or nearly new clothing, shoes, accessories and home décor is available for starting at just $1. Retailers and manufactures in and around the area donate brand new clothes for men, women’s and children, as well as shoes, jewelry, purses, wallets, scarves, home goods, and formal dresses for students in the Fashion Program at Delta College to sell in their semi-annual sale. The Nearly New Sale has become a favorite among regular customers. The inventory comes from local retailers as well as San Francisco-based manufacturers and high-end retailers. This year’s sale features some vintage designer women’s apparel from Armani, Chanel, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta and James Galanos, among others. The Fashion Event Production class produces this event to help finance the yearly Designer’s Collection Fa s h i o n Show that is set for May 5, 2017. Come early to claim your spot in line.

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PHILOMATHEAN SPRING TEA & FASHION SHOW A lavish annual “Friendship Tea” celebrating spring and friendship and featuring fashions from the Assistance League of Stockton is planned for Saturday, April 29, by the Philomathean Club. The league has a profitable local thrift shop from which its stylish ensembles are selected. Also planned is a sale and signing of “A Lady’s Place,” a book about the 123-year-old Philomathean Club and its members’ involvement with Stockton history. Tea sandwiches and other delicacies will be served at the historic club house at 1000 North Hunter St., Stockton, beginning at 1 p.m.. Tickets are $10 and may be obtained through April 26 from the chairwoman, Nancy Jane Pozar, 952-6442.

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