There will be demonstrations on fruit-tree pruning and how to fertilize plants, as well as discussions on how to get soil rich, control disease and pests and set up watering systems.
Vegetable snacks and popcorn will be provided, as well as coloring activities for the kids.
In the past, about 300 people have attended the festival, and organizers expect another great turnout.
The demonstrations and discussions will be given by Brian Bassett, who has 17 years of experience in the nursery; Breege Mondragon, who is a lifetime avid gardener; and Tracy Amador, Laurie Costello and Shaun Kelly.
M&M Builders Supply has been in the gardening business for 64 years.
At a glance
• WHAT: Garden Festival
• WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 10
• WHERE: 8010 W. 11th St.
• COST: Free
News Briefs A cultural experience at the Grand
The Tracy African American Association and the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts will host a show today at the theater, 715 Central Ave.
At 5:30 p.m., there will be an association-hosted fashion show. At 6:30, members of the Soweto Gospel Choir will have a meet-and-greet. These events are free. The choir will then perform at 8 p.m. at the Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Theatre.
Tickets for the performance are $25.50 for orchestra seating and $21.25 for balcony.
For information: Melyssa Barrett, 640-6454. Delta College Math and Science Center groundbreaking
San Joaquin Delta College will break ground on the new Math and Science Center from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the college’s C6 parking lot, 5151 Pacific Ave., in Stockton. Construction should take three years.
For information: William Fellner, 954-5354. Sandra Cantu memorial ride
Join the family and friends of Sandra Cantu for a special motorcycle ride through Tracy to remember “Tracy’s Angel” at 10 a.m. April 11 on the baseball side of the Tracy Sports Complex, 11th Street and Jefferson Parkway. The ride is free and open to the public.
For information: 510-472-5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Breakfast of heroes
The American Red Cross will host an annual breakfast for individuals who are recognized as “heroes” from 7:30 to 9 a.m. April 14 at the Stockton Golf & Country Club, 3800 Country Club Blvd., in Stockton.
Cost is $65.
For information: Liza Cruz, 466-6971. A hopeful evening
Windmill Ridge Winery, 8350 W. Linne Road, will host An Evening of Hope from 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 16. The event’s proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. There will be wine, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment.
Tickets are $20 each.
For information: Karin Curry, 601-5401. Give a Day, Get a Day
On April 17, Tracy will celebrate Give a Day, Get a Day, in which 60 volunteers will clean up city parks in exchange for a free ticket to Disneyland.
Tracy residents can register for volunteer work through the Disneyland Web site, according to Tracy recreation supervisor Kim Scarlata.
For information: Scarlata, 831-6205. TLC performs ‘Oliver’
The Tracy Learning Center will show its first kindergarten-though-12th-grade musical, “Oliver,” on April 22 through 25. The performance will start at 7 p.m. for the first three days and 2 p.m. for the other two.
Tickets for seniors, students and children will be $7, and $10 for general admission. The play will be at the school’s gymnasium, 51 E. Beverly Place.
For information: Scott Snyder, 914-4016. Alumni Club to host tri-tip dinner
The Tracy Alumni Club will host its 19th annual tri-tip dinner April 24 at the Tracy Community Center, 950 East St.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for those 10 years and younger.
Asparagus will be served with the dinner, and proceeds will go toward scholarships.
Tickets can be purchased at the Tracy Press, Reich’s Pharmacy, Tracy Motors, Richard’s Men’s Wear, the Tracy High bookkeeper’s office and Vita Dolce.
For information: Jane Williford, 835-1434; or Sherrill Anderson, 835-6174. City-wide garage sale returns
The city is looking for folks to sign up for its twice-annual garage sale April 24. Anyone who lives west of Tracy Boulevard is welcome to sign up by April 8. To register, go to www.ci.tracy.ca.us.
For information: 831-4420. Sing along at the Jazz Café
The Tracy Performing Arts Foundation will host a sing-along night from 5 to 7 p.m. April 25 at the Jazz Café, 809 Central Ave. Everyone attending will receive a song book with lyrics so they can sing along with John Scott on guitar and John Sheehan at the piano.
A minimum $10 donation to benefit the arts foundation is suggested.
For information: 627-8138. Emergency Car Show
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Foundation will host its second Emergency Car Show at 10 a.m. May 1 at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., in Stockton. Entry is free.
For information: Mary Ann Dahl, 468-4469. Donate your home
The Coalition for Tracy Homeless is accepting small appliances and kitchen items to put in rental homes. The coalition is also looking for homes to use as rentals, and those participating can receive a tax write-off for home donations.
For information: 914-5242.