For information: Tony Sheneman, email@example.com. VFW dinner
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Tracy Post 1537 and its Ladies Auxiliary will host a dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today at 1960 N. Tracy Blvd. New officers and members will be initiated into the group.
Veterans of any war are encouraged to attend and consider joining the group. The cost is $5.
More information: 835-3602. Democratic Club meeting
The Democratic Club of Greater Tracy will have its regular meeting at 7 p.m. today in the conference room at the Tracy Transit Station, Sixth Street and Central Avenue. The topic of discussion will be an open-space measure between Tracy and Mountain House and Tracy and Banta.
For information: Larry Gamino, 836-9687. Meet, greet with Larry Hite
Larry Hite, candidate for Tracy City Council, will host a gathering from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Willbanks & Wood, 1047 S. Tracy Blvd.
For information: 830-6788
or www.larryhitefortracy.com. Annual spring yard sale
The Seventh-day Adventist Church will have its annual spring yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at 2025 Holly Drive.
A variety of good, usable items will be available for sale, in addition to antiques and collectibles. Homemade burritos and sodas will be sold at lunch time Thursday.
For information: 835-5342. Youth chess tournament
Freiler School’s Chess Club will host a youth chess tournament at 6:15 p.m. Friday at the school, 2421 W. Lowell Ave. Registration, for $10, runs from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. All kids through high school age can play, and chess sets will be provided. This is not an elimination tournament, and everyone who plays will receive a trophy.
For information: Tom Langland, 830-0368 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘Nutcracker’ parent meeting
A meeting for parents of children interested in auditioning for “The Nutcracker” will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Academy of Performing Arts, 124 W. 10th St. Parents must attend one of the mandatory parent meetings to receive an application and dates and times for auditions. A second meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. June 3.
For information: Dolores Eusanio, 814-9699. Vaisakhi Mela
The Punjab Culture Club in Tracy will host the first local Vaisakhi Mela, a religious and cultural celebration that hails from Northern India, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Park, East Street and Eaton Avenue. The celebration is free, and there will be booths with Indian food, clothes and jewelry, along with a dance competition and other performances.
For information: Sunny Mann, 356-8005 or
email@example.com. Summer day camps
Registration has begun for summer day camps hosted by the city of Tracy for children ages 5 through 12. Day camps include Mad Science Camp, Lego Engineering Camp, sports camps and many others.
For information: 831-6858 or www.tracyartsandrec.com. Young authors workshop
The Great Valley Writing Project at California State University, Stanislaus, in partnership with the Lammersville Elementary School District, is sponsoring a two-week youth writing program from 9 a.m. to noon June 7 through 18 at Wicklund Elementary School, 300 E Legacy Drive, in Mountain House, for Tracy-area students entering fourth through eighth grades.
There is a $200 registration fee, which will cover all class materials, a T-shirt and an anthology of participants’ writing.
For information: 667-3490 or www.csustan.edu/gvwp/youthprograms.html. Give Every Child a Chance
Give Every Child a Chance, a Tracy tutoring group, will offer summer sessions from June 21 to July 29 for students who receive below-passing grades on their final report cards for 2009-10. Those who complete the summer session will have priority for placement in the September tutoring session.
For information: www.gecactracy.org.