Datebook: What's happening in our town
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• Datebook announces events and activities in the Tracy area. Items are considered on the basis of space availability, public interest and timeliness. Questions may be directed to the newsroom at 830-4280. Press releases — including the name of the event, when and where it will take place, a brief description and a daytime phone number where questions can be directed — may be emailed to tpourtown@tracypress.com or delivered to the Tracy Press, 95 W. 11th St., Ste. 101, in downtown Tracy.

  

THURSDAY, AUG. 21

Food giveaway

WHEN: 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

WHERE: Larch-Clover Community Center, 11157 W. Larch Road

DETAILS: Free government-surplus food will be given to qualifying San Joaquin County residents until supplies run out. Participants should take a paper grocery bag, identification and proof of address in one of the following zip codes: 95304, 95376, 95377, 95385 or 95391. Current household income limits can be requested by phone.

INFO: San Joaquin County Commodity Program, 468-3679 or 468-8066 

American Heritage Girls recruitment night

WHEN: 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 163 W. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: American Heritage Girls — a nonprofit scouting group that focuses on integrity through service to God, family, community and country — is looking for new members. The program is for girls ages 5 to 18.

COST: Free to attend 

 

SATURDAY, AUG. 23

Downtown farmers market

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: 10th Street between Central Avenue and B Street

DETAILS: Fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, flowers and other local products are available at the weekly San Joaquin Certified farmers market in downtown Tracy.

INFO: Tracy City Center Association, 597-0073, www.tracycitycenter.com 

Share the Scoop


WHEN: 1 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Community Church, 1790 Sequoia Blvd.

DETAILS: Women of all ages are invited to the seventh annual Share the Scoop, a nondenominational Christian conference. The theme this year is “Overcome Together.” Speakers include Kathy Lipp, a published author and blogger, and Jackie Brown, on the topic of grace and carrying on after loss. A new community choir will perform; women interested in joining can email Corina Gregor at joshandcorina@gmail.com. A boutique opens at noon, and conference doors open at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are available at local churches, online and at the door.

COST: $20

INFO: 640-0238 or www.sharethescoop.org 

‘Mysterious California’ film and book discussion

WHEN: 1 p.m. book discussion, 2 p.m. documentary screening

WHERE: Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: People are invited to watch and discuss a 40-minute documentary — “Mysterious California: Four Authors” — about the role of the California landscape in four crime novels: “Southland” by Nina Revoyr, “Shell Games” by Kirk Russell, “Sharpshooter” by Nadia Gordon and “The Art of Detection” by Laurie R. King. This event is sponsored by the California Center for the Book. To join in the book discussion, people can request a copy of “Southland” at the circulation desk in advance. Readers gather at 1 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month to talk about a selected book. Upcoming titles are “The Art of Detection” on Sept. 27, “Shell Games” on Oct. 25, “Sharpshooter” on Nov. 22 and “Starry Night,” by Debbie Macomber, on Dec. 20.

COST: Free

INFO: Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Libraries, www.ssjcpl.org or 866-805-7323 

Peabo Bryson concert

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: The Grand opens its 2014-15 season with a concert by Grammy Award-winning vocalist Peabo Bryson, known for his ballads, duets and pop and soul hits.

COST: $59 to $100, depending on seats; tickets on sale July 25

INFO: Grand Theatre box office, 831-6858 or www.atthegrand.org 

 

SUNDAY, AUG. 24

Mall farmers market

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: West parking lot of West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road

DETAILS: A year-round weekly market run by Stockton Certified Farmers Market Association offers fresh produce and other local goods.

INFO: www.stocktonfarmersmarket.org or http://westvalleymall.com 

Teen safe driving event


WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Altamont Motorsports Park, 17001 Midway Road

DETAILS: Get Real Behind the Wheel hosts an On-Track Safe Teen Driving event for young drivers age 14 and older and their parents. Returning students should plan to arrive at 11 a.m., while first-time participants should arrive at 9:30 a.m. Proof of age is required, but no learner’s permit or driving experience is needed.

COST: Free; donations accepted

INFO: Tom Simpson, 612-4222; or www.getrealbehindthewheel.com 

 

MONDAY, AUG. 25

Youth art contest entries accepted

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts box office, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: Tracy artists ages 5 to 18 can each submit three entries for a “Visions of Tracy” art contest. Artwork will be accepted Monday through Thursday at the box office and will be displayed at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 6 during the Taste of the Valley Art and Food Festival. Awards will be given at 1 p.m. that day. Complete rules and an application can be downloaded from the Tracy Chamber of Commerce website, www.tracychamber.org.

COST: Free

INFO: Tracy Chamber of Commerce, 835-2131 

Jefferson 4-H meeting

WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Traina School, 4256 Windsong Drive

DETAILS: The Jefferson 4-H Club is accepting new members between 5 and 19 years old. Participants work on a wide variety of educational projects and gain research-based knowledge and expertise.

COST: Free

INFO: Lucinda Suttle, zoo@suttlezoo.net or 836-3974 

 

TUESDAY, AUG. 26

Teen FAQs: Studying

WHEN: 4 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: Teens in seventh through 12th grades can get tips on note taking, essays, successful study habits and library resources during a workshop sponsored by Tracy Friends of the Library.

COST: Free

INFO: Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Libraries, www.ssjcpl.org or 866-805-7323

Mountain House Restaurant Night


WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Community Central Park, 25 Main St.

DETAILS: A variety of food trucks will sell meals and sweets.

INFO: 831-5651 

 

THURSDAY, AUG. 28

Common Core presentation

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Life Center, 1635 Chester Drive

DETAILS: Pat Bicknell, coordinator of Citizens of Stanislaus County Against Common Core Coalition, will speak about the Common Core State Standards and answer questions. Entry includes hors d’oeuvres and a ticket for a raffle.

COST: $5

INFO: Monica Dias, 835-6103 

 

FRIDAY, AUG. 30

Courage Run

WHEN: 7:30 a.m.

WHERE: Downtown Tracy

DETAILS: A children’s quarter-mile fun run and 5- and 10-kilometer races for all ages will be organized by Courage Worldwide to support the nonprofit’s Courage House initiative, which provides homes for girls rescued from sex trafficking. Ten percent of the profits will be given to Pregnancy Resource Center of Tracy. Runners who register by Aug. 9 are guaranteed a race shirt. Refreshments and medals are also included. Packets can be picked up between 1 and 8 p.m. Aug. 29 at Sports Authority, 3150 Naglee Road, or starting at 6:30 a.m. on race day. Volunteers can sign up to help by emailing run@courageworldwide.org.

COST: Kids’ fun run (10 and younger), $14 until Aug. 19, $14 at packet pickup, $16 day of race; 5- and 10-kilometer races, $32 until Aug. 19, $36 at packet pickup, $38 day of race

INFO: Race director, run@courageworldwide.org; http://couragerun.org 

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3

Free computer classes

WHEN: 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: People can sign up to learn basic computer skills (10 a.m.) and beginning Internet skills (2 p.m.) at the local library. Classes are open to the public, but signing up early is recommended. Those who own laptops or mobile devices are encouraged to take them to class. More free classes, funded through a Library Services and Technology Act grant, will be offered Sept. 4, 11, 17 and 18.

COST: Free

INFO: Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Libraries, www.ssjcpl.org or 866-805-7323 

Photo contest entry deadline

DETAILS: For a photography contest cosponsored by Tracy Friends of the Library and Tracy Camera Club, people are invited to consider the theme “For the Love of Reading.” The contest is open to adults and to youth age 17 and younger who live in San Joaquin County. Rules are available on Facebook. Entries will be judged by Mayor Brent Ives, Tracy Press photographer Glenn Moore, Stockton Record photographer Clifford Oto and freelance artist Sioin Queenie Liao. Submissions will be displayed at the library Sept. 6 to 26, and winners will be announced Sept. 13 by Robert Dawson, a Guggenheim Fellow who is photographing libraries in San Joaquin County throughout the year.

COST: Free

INFO: Tiffanie Heben, alcala.heben@att.net or 612-3627; www.facebook.com/TracyFriendsOfTheLibrary

 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 4

Free computer classes

WHEN: 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: People can sign up for beginner classes on Microsoft Word 2010 (10 a.m.) and Microsoft Excel 2010 (2 p.m.) at the local library. Classes are open to the public, but signing up early is recommended. Those who own laptops or mobile devices are encouraged to take them to class. More free classes, funded through a Library Services and Technology Act grant, will be offered Sept. 11, 17 and 18.

COST: Free

INFO: Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Libraries, www.ssjcpl.org or 866-805-7323 

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 6

Taste of the Valley Art & Food Festival

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; also Sunday, Sept. 7

WHERE: Downtown Tracy

DETAILS: Tracy's newest event highlights the culture and diversity of the valley, featuring pageants, crafts, food and fun for all ages. 

COST: Free

INFO: Tracy Chamber of Commerce, 835-2131; http://tracychamberevents.com 

An Evening of Elegance

WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: 230 S. Sterling Drive

DETAILS: Adults, age 21 and older, are invited to An Evening of Elegance, a fundraiser for the Mountain House High School Athletic Booster Club. The menu includes an appetizer; a choice of chicken, steak or salmon with sides; and dessert. A disc jockey will provide music for dancing. People can also bid in a silent auction, take advantage of a photo booth and enjoy a no-host bar. Tables for 10 can be reserved. Tickets are available until Aug. 15.

COST: $50 each

INFO: Corey Strock, cstrock@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/EveofElegance; Mountain House High School Athletic Booster Club, http://mhhsboosters.org 

Mariachi Imperial de Mexico

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

COST: $30 to $100, depending on seats

INFO: Grand Theatre box office, 831-6858 or www.atthegrand.org 

 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 11

Free computer classes

WHEN: 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: People can sign up for beginner classes on email sign-up and basics (10 a.m.) and Google searching (2 p.m.) at the local library. Classes are open to the public, but signing up early is recommended. Those who own laptops or mobile devices are encouraged to take them to class. More free classes, funded through a Library Services and Technology Act grant, will be offered Sept. 17 and 18.

COST: Free

INFO: Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Libraries, www.ssjcpl.org or 866-805-7323 

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 13

Free SAT practice test

WHEN: 8 a.m.

WHERE: Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: A full SAT practice exam will be offered to high school students, sponsored by Tracy Friends of the Library. The test lasts about four hours. Participants must take two No. 2 pencils, an eraser and a graphing or scientific calculator. Phones, laptops and other electronics are not allowed. Only 30 seats are available; call 937-8221 or visit the library checkout desk to sign up. Online registration is also open.

COST: Free

INFO: Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Libraries, www.ssjcpl.org or 866-805-7323 

Mexican Independence Day fiesta

WHEN: 10 a.m.

WHERE: Lincoln Park, East Street and Eaton Avenue

DETAILS: The annual 16th of September celebration, sponsored by the South Side Community Organization in honor of Mexican independence, will start with a parade from Sixth Street and Central Avenue to the park. There, events will feature a performance by the Mike Torres Band, recital of El Grito de Guadalupe, a queen competition and car show, charros, food vendors, a beer garden, arts and crafts booths and children’s activities.

COST: Free

INFO: Joey Juarez, committee chairman, 373-9291 

United Way poker tournament

WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road

DETAILS: A no-limit Texas Hold ’em tournament sponsored by United Way will raise money to benefit the Tracy community. The evening includes appetizers and a 50-50 raffle. At the end, players can exchange their chips for raffle tickets: one for every $100 worth. Extra chips can be bought throughout the night: $5 for $50 in chips, $10 for $200 in chips or $20 for $500 in chips.

COST: $20 buy-in for $1,000 in chips

INFO: Ted Guzman, 649-6793; Bob Corsaro, 914-7743 

 

MONDAY, SEPT. 15

Mexican Independence anniversary celebration

WHEN: 4 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy City Hall, 333 Civic Center Drive

DETAILS: A ceremony in celebration of Mexican Independence Day, which is Sept. 16, will include free food, drinks, raffles, music, dance and information from local nonprofits. A representative of the Mexican consulate in Sacramento will be present.

COST:

INFO: Lilia Vazquez, 814-5445 

TUESDAY, SEPT. 16

Lawyers in the Library

WHEN: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: Licensed, practicing lawyers will meet with individual members of the public to provide free assessments and legal advice on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no income or residency restrictions. The legal clinic, sponsored by the San Joaquin County Bar Association, returns to the Tracy library the third Tuesday in alternate months.

COST: Free

INFO: Rebekah Burr-Siegel, executive director, San Joaquin County Bar Association, 948-0125; Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Libraries, www.ssjcpl.org or 866-805-7323 

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17

Free e-book classes

WHEN: 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: People can sign up at the local library to learn how to borrow free e-books and electronic audiobooks using Overdrive and Axis360. Separate classes are offered for Kindle (10 a.m.) and for Nook and iPad (2 p.m.). Classes are open to the public, but signing up early is recommended. Those who own e-readers or other mobile devices are encouraged to take them to class.

COST: Free

INFO: Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Libraries, www.ssjcpl.org or 866-805-7323

Charity golf tournament for hospital foundation

WHEN: 1 p.m.; registration at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Shadow Lakes Golf Club, 801 Foothill Drive, in Brentwood

DETAILS: Adesa Golden Gate, an automobile auction company in Tracy, invites the community to its 10th annual charity golf tournament, which will benefit the Tracy Hospital Foundation. Registration for the four-person scramble covers green fees, a golf cart, a boxed lunch, tee prizes, dinner and awards. Live and silent auctions are planned during dinner at 6 p.m. Participants are asked to RSVP by Sept. 3.

COST: $125 per golfer; $25 for dinner-auction only

INFO: Jeff Hoyt, Roy Hawkins or Michelle Caspillo, 839-8000 

 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 18

Free computer classes

WHEN: 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: People can sign up for classes on Microsoft Powerpoint 2010 for beginners (10 a.m.) and intermediate Microsoft Word 2010 (2 p.m.) at the local library. Classes are open to the public, but signing up early is recommended. Those who own laptops or mobile devices are encouraged to take them to class. More free classes, funded through a Library Services and Technology Act grant, will be offered Sept. 17 and 18.

COST: Free

INFO: Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Libraries, www.ssjcpl.org or 866-805-7323

Elton John: The Early Years

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: Kenny Metcalf and his band capture Elton John’s 1970s sound and style, from sequins to sunglasses, in a Vegas-style tribute show.

COST: $23 to $30, depending on seats

INFO: Grand Theatre box office, 831-6858 or www.atthegrand.org

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 20


Paws for Reading

WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: Children can practice reading aloud to trained therapy dogs from Paws for Friends. The group visits the library the third Saturday of each month.

COST: Free

INFO: Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Libraries, www.ssjcpl.org or 866-805-7323 

Joe Nichols concert


WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: Country music artist Joe Nichols recently released a new album, “Crickets,” with a new label and has a catalog of tunes including “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” and “Gimmie That Girl.”

COST: $32 to $59, depending on seats

INFO: Grand Theatre box office, 831-6858 or www.atthegrand.org

 

FRIDAY, SEPT. 26

Friday Night Jazz

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: The Grand Theatre lobbies become a jazz nightclub one night each month for Friday Night Jazz, presented by Main Street Music. All ages are welcome. The Don Cose Arts Café sells snacks, desserts and craft beers and wines for adults 21 and older.

COST: $8

INFO: Grand Theatre box office, 831-6858 or www.atthegrand.org 

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 27


Downtown wine stroll

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: 10th Street, Central Avenue and Sixth Street

DETAILS: People age 21 and older can sample a variety of regional wines, listen to music and visit local merchants throughout the downtown area. Tickets can be purchased from the Grand Theater Center for the Arts online box office, www.atthegrand.org, and from participating downtown merchants.

COST: $25 presale, $30 day of the event

INFO: Tracy City Center Association, www.tracycitycenter.com or 597-0073

Vegas in the Valley casino night fundraiser

WHEN: 7 to 11 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Community Center, 950 East St.

DETAILS: An evening of Las Vegas-style entertainment, games and food will raise money for the Sow A Seed Community Foundation, a local mentoring organization.

COST: $45

INFO: Sow A Seed Community Foundation, 229-4559 or www.sowaseedcf.org

 

SUNDAY, SEPT. 28


Teen safe driving event

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Altamont Motorsports Park, 17001 Midway Road

DETAILS: Get Real Behind the Wheel hosts an On-Track Safe Teen Driving event for young drivers age 14 and older and their parents. Returning students should plan to arrive at 11 a.m., while first-time participants should arrive at 9:30 a.m. Proof of age is required, but no learner’s permit or driving experience is needed.

COST: Free; donations accepted

INFO: Tom Simpson, 612-4222; or www.getrealbehindthewheel.com 

 

 

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March 21, 2014
Lil Mud Runner is also on May 18th...... especially important for those who can't make it on Saturday!


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