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, SEPT. 18

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

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 

Teen craft

WHEN: 4 p.m.

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

DETAILS: Seventh- to 12th-graders are invited to participate in a craft activity designed by the library’s Teen Advisory Group members.

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 

 

FRIDAY, SEPT. 19

St. Bernard’s Parish Fall Festival

WHEN: 5:30 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: St. Bernard’s Parish parking lot and lawn, 165 W. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: Games, food and live entertainment will highlight the annual Fall Festival at St. Bernard’s. Food and games cost $1 to $3. Face painting, bingo, raffles and silent auctions are also planned. The festival continues from 12:30 to 10 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, with a family dinner from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the Large Hall.

COST: Free admission

INFO: St. Bernard’s office, 835-4560; Arlene Avila, 834-6354

Open mic night

WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Performing Arts Foundation Playhouse, 729 Central Ave.

DETAILS: People are invited to perform or take in the show at an inspirational open mic night featuring “The Small Group,” Wende and Gabriel. Performers can call in advance or drop in, but material must be appropriate for families.

COST: $5 donation

INFO: 879-3306 or 914-0656 

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 20


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 

Church fair

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy City Hall, 333 Civic Center Plaza

DETAILS: Mountain’s Hope Community Worship Center is hosting a fair featuring the work of local clothing, craft and food vendors, accompanied by live music. Christian books will be among the offerings.

COST: Free to attend

INFO: 831-2940

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 

Young and Talented Extravaganza

WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road

DETAILS: School-aged performers — singers, dancers and musicians — are invited to compete in a series of youth talent competitions. Solo, duo and group acts are welcome. Preliminary rounds will take place Sept. 20 and 27 and Oct. 11 and 18, with a grand finale on Oct. 25 . First, second and third prizes will be awarded in three categories: singing, dancing and instrumentalist. The Young and Talented Extravaganza was created to support Students Speaking Out, a program of Tracy Crime Stoppers Inc. A contestant registration packet can be downloaded from www.tracycrimestoppers.com or www.westvalleymall.com.

COST: $10 for an individual,

$25 for a group

INFO: Marshall Rose, info@tracycrimestoppers.org or 627-7675; Jass Sangha, sanghajass23@gmail.com or 471-5883; Cindy Bannister, cindybannister@rouseproperties.com or 836-4091

Line dancing

WHEN: 1:30 p.m.

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

DETAILS: Members of the Country Swingers Dance Club will demonstrate a variety of line dancing steps during a program sponsored by Tracy Friends of the Library.

COST: Free

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

B.A.S.H. fundraiser for Angelman Syndrome


WHEN: 7 to 11 p.m.

WHERE: 7994 W. Erb Way

DETAILS: B.A.S.H., which stands for “Become Angelman Syndrome Heroes,” is a fundraiser for the Angelman Syndrome Foundation organized by the Tracy High School Associated Student Body president, Alessandra Rodriguez, as her senior project. She was inspired by Garrett Newton, son of Tracy teachers Richard and Alyssa Newton, who was born with Angelman Syndrome. The fundraiser event, which includes an auction, music, drinks and on-site food vendors, is for adults only, age 21 and older.

COST: $25 each

INFO: Alessandra Rodriguez, alessandrarodriguez26@gmail.com, 640-7353; http://cure

garrett.com

Music in the Park in Mountain House

WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Central Community Park, 25 Main St., in Mountain House

DETAILS: Rachael Steele and Road 88 will perform.

COST: Free

INFO: 831-5651

Garba-dandiya dance night

WHEN: 7 p.m. to midnight

WHERE: Williams Middle School, 1600 Tennis Lane

DETAILS: The Tracy Gujarati Samaj is hosting a Navratri Garba & Dandiya Dance in celebration of Navratri, a religious holiday. Admission includes snacks. Guests and newcomers are welcome to this evening of dancing.

COST: $5 per person; free for members of Tracy Gujarati Samaj and children 5 and younger 

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: Sold out

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

Citywide Monologue Competition

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Performing Arts Foundation Playhouse, 729 Central Ave.

DETAILS: People are invited to watch the first Citywide Monologue Competition, sponsored by Tracy Performing Arts Foundation. Participants age 14 and older will present monologues and compete for awards.

COST: $10 general admission

INFO: Deborah Littleton, 629-2506; TPAF Playhouse, 229-6443 

 

SUNDAY, SEPT. 21

Mall farmers market

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 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 local produce and other goods.

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

Volleyball clinic

WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. beginner session, 3 to 5 p.m. intermediate session

WHERE: Hawkins School, 475 Darlene Ave.

DETAILS: Volleyball players in fifth through eighth grades can participate in a clinic offered by Xplosion Volleyball Club.

COST: $20

INFO: Omar Rodriguez, club director, 640-1442; www.xplosionvolleyball.net

Afternoon at the Villa

WHEN: 4 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Villa Spatafore, 4720 S. Lammers Road

DETAILS: The garden of Villa Spatafore will be the scene of an Inner Wheel event featuring beverages, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Proceeds will go to local charities.

COST: $45 per person

INFO: Noel Parker, 835-8891 

 

MONDAY, SEPT. 22

CHP car seat check

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

WHERE: Wal-Mart parking lot, 3010 Grant Line Road.

DETAILS: A group of California Highway Patrol officers will check children’s car seats for proper installation. People whose seats have been recalled or are too old may be eligible to receive replacements. Children younger than 8 or under 4-foot-9 must ride in a car seat or booster seat, according to state law.

COST: Free

INFO: Tracy area CHP, 835-8920

 

TUESDAY, SEPT. 23

Teen FAQ: College admissions

WHEN: 4 p.m.

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

DETAILS: High school students and their parents are invited to an information session with a college admissions officer, who will explain the application process and answer questions.

COST: Free

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

 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 25

American Heritage Girls info night

WHEN: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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

DETAILS: Girls ages 5 to 18 are invited to learn about American Heritage Girls Troop CA5160 in Tracy. This nondenominational Christian scouting group emphasizes service to God, family, community and country. The troop is accepting new members.

COST: Free

INFO: Linda McLarty, troop coordinator, ahgca5160tracy@gmail.com

Auction fundraiser for feral cat rescue


WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Mountain House Bar and Café, 16784 Grant Line Road

DETAILS: The third annual Mountain House Feral Cat Rescue silent auction fundraiser will raise money to fund the group’s trap-neuter-release and kitten adoption programs. The venue is open to all ages, and families are welcome. Live music and raffles are also planned for the evening.

COST: Varies

INFO: Mountain House Feral Cat Rescue, 597-8150, mountainhousecats@gmail.com or www.mountainhousecats.com

 

FRIDAY, SEPT. 26

Toastmasters open house

WHEN: 7 a.m.

WHERE: Perko’s Café, 1321 W. 11th St.

DETAILS: Tracy Toastmasters invites members of the community to attend an open house and learn about the organization, which has been meeting in Tracy for more than 20 years.

COST: Free

INFO: Sharon Germolus, 836-9089 

Kimball High homecoming parade

WHEN: 3 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Tracy

DETAILS: For the first time, the Kimball High School Jaguars will mark their homecoming week with a parade through downtown Tracy. The parade will start at Sixth Street and Central Avenue and proceed north on Central, west on Ninth Street, north on B Street and east on 10th Street to East Street, where it will conclude. The sophomore football game against Sierra High School will follow at 5 p.m. at Don Nicholson Stadium at Kimball High, 3200 Jaguar Run, and the varsity kickoff time is 7:15 p.m.

INFO: Kimball High School, 832-6600 

English Conversation Club

WHEN: 4 p.m.

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

DETAILS: Adults who are learning English as a second language are invited to practice their conversation skills in a relaxed, casual environment. The club will meet on selected Fridays through January: Oct. 3, 17 and 24, Nov. 7 and 14, Dec. 5 and 19, and Jan. 9 and 30. This program is organized by Tracy Friends of the Library.

COST: Free

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

Stand-up comedy show

WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Performing Arts Foundation Playhouse, 729 Central Ave.

DETAILS: People are invited to be the judge of the first Court Jester Stand-up Comedy Show, complete with live musical performances. A red-carpet finale show is planned in December.

COST: $5

INFO: Antonio Magee, 640-1514 or antonio.magee123@gmail.com; Tracy Performing Arts Foundation, 407-0287

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


Tracy Volunteer Caregivers yard sale

WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Corner of Eaton Avenue and Tracy Boulevard

DETAILS: A yard sale presented by Tracy Volunteer Caregivers will raise money to help support Tracy senior citizens. Items for sale include clothing, shoes and household items.

INFO: Tracy Volunteer Caregivers, 835-2772

Community Health and Wellness Fair

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

WHERE: Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd.

DETAILS: Free flu shots, free vision exams and glasses, information about health insurance enrollment and many other health screenings will be offered at the hospital’s community fair. A new mobile dairy classroom will include a live cow milking demonstration, among other children’s activities and entertainment. People are invited to donate new and used shoes to Soles4Souls and give old eyeglasses to the Lions Club Eye Foundation. A community yard sale will benefit Tracy Volunteer Caregivers. For more details, visit the hospital website,

www.suttertracy.org.

COST: Free

INFO: Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 832-6511; www.suttertracy.org

National Drug Drop Off Day

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

WHERE: 324 E. 11th St.

COST: Free

INFO: www.ci.tracy.ca.us/?navid=688

YLI bunco party

WHEN: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Father Fleming Hall, 165 W. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: St. Bernard’s Young Ladies Institute No. 150 is hosting its annual bunco party, with games, food and raffle prizes. All proceeds will go to charitable projects.

COST: $20 each

INFO: Diana Mast, 814-3099; Mary LaMadrid, 986-3752 

‘Transforming the Written Word’ gallery talk

WHEN: Noon to 2 p.m.

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

DETAILS: People can meet the artists behind “Transforming the Written Word,” an exhibition through Nov. 1 in the Souza and Energy galleries at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts. The show, curated by Tracy resident Susan Richardson, features five Bay Area artists whose work explores the possibilities of text and letterforms.

COST: Free

INFO: Grand Theater Center for the Arts, 831-6858 or www.atthegrand.org 

Teen Trivia Tournament

WHEN: 4 p.m.

WHERE: Central Community Park, 25 W. Main St., in Mountain House

DETAILS: Teenagers 13 to 18 years old are invited to compete in a team trivia tournament near the Central Park fountains. Prizes will be awarded, including gift cards for Game Stop, McDonalds, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit and other stores. Teens should sign up in teams of four. The contest is sponsored by Mountain House High School Athletic Booster Club.

COST: $20 per team

INFO: Patti Pollinger, pattiann071@gmail.com 

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 

 

MONDAY, SEPT. 29

College information night

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: West High School, 1775 W. Lowell Ave.

DETAILS: Tracy Unified School District is hosting a college fair with representatives of universities, military academies and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. There will be breakout sessions on University of California and California State University admissions, the personal statement, military academies and athletic recruitment. All local high school students and their families are welcome.

COST: Free

INFO: 830-3370, ext. 3007, or ltomlin@tusd.net 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1

Homework help at library

WHEN: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

DETAILS: Students in kindergarten through sixth grade can get free help on their math or reading homework from teen volunteers at the library. Homework help is available Monday and Wednesday afternoons through Dec. 17. Children and families are welcome to drop in anytime.

COST: Free

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

 

FRIDAY, OCT. 3

Chest of Hope fundraiser

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Community Center, 333 Civic Center Plaza

DETAILS: The seventh-anniversary luncheon for the local nonprofit Chest of Hope, “Lady Sings the Blues No More,” includes a silent auction, gourmet meal, entertainment and keynote speaker Carolyn S. Hennecy, an author and advocate. The luncheon is a benefit for a safe house Chest of Hope opened in June for abused women and children.

COST: $50 per person

INFO: Merlyn Pittman, 786-218-6053; www.chestofhope.org 

Tracy Woman’s Club meeting


WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Elks Lodge, 6400 W. 11th St.

DETAILS: A stroke survivor, Mary Kennedy Bracken, will speak to the Tracy Woman’s Club. Newcomers are welcome. Lunch reservations are required by Sept. 26.

COST: $15

INFO: Liz Saalwachter, 836-2606 

Mountain House High ‘Up and Coming’ parade

WHEN: 3 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Central Parkway

DETAILS: Capping a week of dress-up days and spirit activities, class floats will be featured in a parade from Central Community Park to Mountain House High School, 1090 S. Central Parkway. The Mountain House Mustangs football team will face the Trojan Warriors from Madison Park Business and Art Academy at 6 p.m., followed by a dance in the high school multipurpose room. 

INFO: Mountain House High School, 836-7460 

Millennium High homecoming parade

WHEN: 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Tracy

DETAILS: The Millennium High School Falcons will march through downtown Tracy in celebration of homecoming. The parade will make a loop starting at Sixth Street and Central Avenue: north on Central, west on Ninth Street, north on A Street, east on 10th Street and south on Central to where it began. The Falcons football team will play the Stone Ridge Christian High School Knights at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Wayne Schneider Stadium at Tracy High School, 315 E. 11th St.

INFO: Millennium High School, 831-5240 

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 4

Book sale

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

DETAILS: The Tracy Friends of the Library will sell low-priced books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks during the group’s semiannual book sale. A paper bag of paperback books costs $1.

COST: Varies by item

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

Boys & Girls Clubs Gala


WHEN: 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Portuguese Hall, 400 W. Ninth St.

DETAILS: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tracy invites community members to “An Evening in Paris” the theme of this year’s gala and auction. The evening will include live entertainment, silent and live auctions, dinner and a dessert auction. Formal attire is optional. Discounts are available for a table of eight.

COST: $100 each

INFO: Yauna Throne, ythrone@bgctracy.org or 832-2582, ext. 101

Diwali: Festival of Lights

WHEN: 6 p.m.

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

DETAILS: For a second year, Nirvaana Consulting will present an evening of Indian culture and music. Performances will include Indian classical, contemporary, Bollywood, Banghra and Giddah dance, as well as a fashion show.

COST: $15 to $25, depending on seats

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

 

SUNDAY, OCT. 5

Gospel reggae concert

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Southwinds Church of Tracy, 13400 W. Middle Road

DETAILS: Christafari, a gospel reggae band, will perform music that blends roots and dancehall reggae with a Christian message. Tickets will be sold at the door; via www.iTickets.com; and at Sunday services at Southwinds Church. Organizers expect the show to sell out.

COST: $10 general admission, free for children 5 and younger

INFO: here2seek@yahoo.com; www.southwinds.org; www.christafari.com 

 

MONDAY, OCT. 6

Art contest deadline

DETAILS: Kindergartners through 12th-graders can submit artwork promoting “Healthy Air Living” for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s annual calendar contest. Rules, entry forms and examples of past winners can be found online at www.valleyair.org/kids/clean_air_calendar_contest.htm.

COST: Free

INFO: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Modesto office, 557-6400;

www.valleyair.org 

Free Excel computer class


WHEN: 6 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Mountain House Branch Library, 250 E. Main St.

DETAILS: A beginners class on Microsoft Excel 2010 will be offered at the local library. 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 Oct. 7, 14 and 15.

COST: Free

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

‘Frankenstein’ book discussions

WHEN: 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mountain House Branch Library, 250 E. Main St.

DETAILS: As part of One Book, One San Joaquin, people are invited to red Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and join in a discussion of the novel. The program is sponsored by Friends of the Stockton Public Library and the Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County.

COST: Free

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

 

TUESDAY, OCT. 7

Middle school honor choir auditions

WHEN: 4 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Bella Vista Christian Academy, 1635 Chester Drive

DETAILS: Students in sixth through eighth grades can try out for the 2015 San Joaquin County Middle School Honor Choir. The audition piece is “America (My Country ‘tis of Thee).” Auditions will continue Oct. 14 at Sierra Middle School in Stockton and Linden High School in Linden, Oct. 21 at Lathrop High School and Oct. 27 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton. The choir will perform during a countywide Honors Concert on March 7. Application forms and details are online at http://sjhonors.yolasite.com. Students can apply for the honor orchestra and honor band in November and December.

COST: Free

INFO: 468-4973

Free Word computer class


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

WHERE: Mountain House Branch Library, 250 E. Main St.

DETAILS: People can learn tips for using Microsoft Word 2010 at the local library. 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 Oct. 14 and 15.

COST: Free

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

 

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8

Feral cat clinic

WHEN: 7 to 8 a.m. drop-off

WHERE: Jules Veterinary Center, 1855 W. 11th St.

DETAILS: People can take feral cats to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and treated for parasites, free of charge. Cats must be taken to the clinic in traps, not boxes or carriers, and can be picked up later in the day. The clinic is not open to housecats or pets. A maximum of 100 animals will be treated, and people must call in advance to hold a place.

COST: Free

INFO: Dana Hodges-Helget, Jules Veterinary Center, 833-7387 

High school completion info session

WHEN: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Delta Charter Schools Online, 336 Grant Line Road

DETAILS: People can attend an informational meeting to learn about Delta Keys, a flexible, all-online high school completion program for adults who live in San Joaquin or Stanislaus counties. The program is run by Delta Charter Schools, San Joaquin County WorkNet-Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance, TEAM Charter School of Stockton and Community Business College of Modesto.

COST: Free

INFO: Delta Keys, 830-6363 

 

THURSDAY, OCT. 9

Dream interpretation talk

WHEN: 5 p.m.

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

DETAILS: Linda Heard, who has studied dreams for 31 years, will share what she has learned about dream interpretation. A question-and-answer session will follow her presentation, which is sponsored by Tracy Friends of the Library.

COST: Free

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

Holocaust author speaks

WHEN: 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: West High School library, 1775 W. Lowell Ave.

DETAILS: Marty Brounstein, author of “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust,” will speak about the historical tale of compassion, courage and rescue recounted in his book. He tells the true story of a Catholic couple in the Netherlands during World War II who concealed and saved at least two dozen Jews from the Holocaust. After the presentation, Brounstein will sign his book, which can be purchased for $13.

COST: Free

INFO: Jared Rio, jrio@tusd.net or 830-3370

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 11

Electronic waste collection

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

WHERE: Boyd Service Center, 520 Tracy Blvd., Gate 1

DETAILS: People can drop off unwanted televisions, computers, microwaves, telephones, and other small electronics, as well as up to 20 fluorescent light bulbs, items containing mercury, household batteries, Styrofoam packaging and cardboard.

COST: Free

INFO: City of Tracy Public Works Department, 831-6300

Star Wars Reads Day


WHEN: 10 a.m.

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

DETAILS: Events for all ages are planned in celebration of the third annual Star Wars Reads Day, sponsored by StarWars.com and Tracy Friends of the Library.

COST: Free

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

Tracy Comic Show

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

WHERE: West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road

DETAILS: A one-day comic show will raise money for the Northern California Make-A-Wish Foundation Chapter. Comics, toys, art and collectibles will be available for purchase, including work by local artists. Early gift donations for Brighter Christmas will also be collected. Those who buy tickets online will be entered to win an autographed “Thor” poster featuring Chris Hemsworth. The show is organized by local youth nonprofit Become One Voice.

COST: Suggested donation of $5 adults, $2 children

INFO: Rachel Johnson, 510-909-0802; www.becomeonevoice.com

Cruise for the Cause

WHEN: 2 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Tracy

DETAILS: The second Cruise for the Cause, sponsored by the Tracy Hispanic Business Group, will fill the streets of downtown Tracy with cars from 3 to 4 p.m., followed by a car show from 4 to 6 p.m. on East 10th Street. The route is a loop on Sixth, E and West 10th streets and Central Avenue. Drivers will check in at 2 p.m. at Tracy Transit Station, 50 E. Sixth St. Tracy Hispanic Business Group is a subcommittee of Tracy Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds will fund scholarships for local students.

COST: $25 to participate, $120 to sponsor the event

INFO: Tracy Chamber of Commerce, 835-2131 

 

TUESDAY, OCT. 14

Free PowerPoint computer class

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

WHERE: Mountain House Branch Library, 250 E. Main St.

DETAILS: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 is the topic of the next free computer class at the local library. Signing up early is recommended. Those who own laptops or 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 

Delta Central Republican Women Federated meeting

WHEN: 6 to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Third-floor meeting room, Emeritus at Heritage Place, 355 W. Grant Line Road

DETAILS: Sol Jobrack, a candidate for Assembly District 13, will speak at the October meeting of Delta Central Republican Women Federated. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. All are welcome to attend.

COST: Free

INFO: Margaret Edwards, president, margaret@att.net, 832-4342

 

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15

Free e-book class

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

WHERE: Mountain House Branch Library, 250 E. Main St.

DETAILS: People can learn how to borrow free e-books and electronic audiobooks from the library using Overdrive and Axis360. The class is 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 

Sister City youth exchange info meeting

WHEN: 6 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 E. Ninth St.

DETAILS: Eighth-graders and their parents can attend a meeting to learn about the annual youth exchange program that sends Tracy students to Memuro, Japan, for a weeklong stay with a Memuro family and sightseeing around the area. The Sister City Association of Tracy has arranged exchange trips for local eighth-graders since 1989.

COST: Free

INFO: Erin Quintana, erinquintana1@gmail.com; Sister City Association of Tracy, www.tracysistercity.org 

 

FRIDAY, OCT. 17

West High homecoming parade

WHEN: 3 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Tracy

DETAILS: West High School students and supporters will fill downtown Tracy for the school’s homecoming parade. The route starts at Sixth Street and Central Avenue and proceeds north on Central, west on Ninth Street, north on B Street and east on 10th Street to East Street, where it ends. Later, the Wolf Pack will play the Lincoln High Trojans at Steve Lopez Stadium, 1775 W. Lowell Ave.; kickoff is 5 p.m. for JV and 7:15 p.m. for varsity.

INFO: West High School, 830-3370 

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 18

Blues Night: Daniel Castro Band and Chris Cain

WHEN: 8 p.m.

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

DETAILS: The Daniel Castro Band will open for blues guitarist Chris Cain, reprising their January concert at the Grand.

COST: $20 to $30, depending on seats

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

 

THURSDAY, OCT. 23

Teen craft

WHEN: 3:30 p.m.

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

DETAILS: Seventh- to 12th-graders can learn how to turn a shrunken sweater into fingerless gloves using just a needle and thread. Sweaters will be provided. This hands-on activity, led by GoGo Craft, is limited to 20 participants. Teens can sign up by phone or by visiting the circulation desk at the Tracy library. Online registration opens Oct. 1.

COST: Free

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

 

FRIDAY, OCT. 24

Tracy High homecoming parade

WHEN: 3 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Tracy

DETAILS: Tracy High School’s homecoming parade will start at Sixth Street and Central Avenue and proceed north on Central, west on Ninth Street, north on B Street and east on 10th Street to end at East Street. The Bulldogs will then take on the St. Mary’s High Rams at 5 p.m. (JV) and 7:15 p.m. (varsity) in Wayne Schneider Stadium at Tracy High, 315 E. 11th St.

INFO: Tracy High School, 830-3360

Witches and Broomsticks

WHEN: 6 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Plaza, Sixth Street and Central Avenue

DETAILS: This Girls’ Night Out event begins with a tote bag filled with treats, wine tasting, food sampling and shopping, with discounts offered at boutiques and restaurants on Sixth Street. The evening continues with a disc jockey and no-host bar. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated witch’s hat. Women must be 18 or older to attend and at least 21 years old to consume alcohol; ID is required.

COST: $25

INFO: www.atthegrand.org or 831-6200

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 25

Barktoberfest

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Civic Center, near City Hall, 333 Civic Center Plaza

DETAILS: People are invited to take their dogs for activities including a costume contest, photographs, demonstrations and a pet-themed vendor fair. This outdoor event will support six local animal rescue groups. People can also meet a variety of adoptable animals.

COST: Free

INFO: Animal Rescue of Tracy, contact@animalrescuetracy.org or 642-4324 

 

SUNDAY, OCT. 26

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, OCT. 27

Heinz reunion

WHEN: 2 p.m.

WHERE: Golden Corral, 2850 W. Grant Line Road

DETAILS: Former employees of H.J. Heinz Co. locations in Tracy, Stockton and Escalon and their guests are invited to a buffet lunch get-together. The Tracy factory, open from 1946 to 1998, was once the largest processor of fresh tomatoes in the Heinz worldwide network.

COST: Price of lunch

INFO: 834-1420 

 

FRIDAY, OCT. 31

Harvest Festival

WHEN: 5:30 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Valley Community Baptist Church, 903 S. Corral Hollow Road

DETAILS: Families are invited to a Harvest Festival put on by Valley Community Baptist Church, including games, trunk-or-treat activities, cupcakes and candy.

COST: Free

INFO: Valley Community Baptist Church, 836-9227 

 

SATURDAY, NOV. 1

Haunting Masquerade Ball

WHEN: 8 p.m.

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

DETAILS: Guests in medieval ball gowns, classy men’s attire and elaborate masks will be entertained with a night of music and dancing as the Grand is transformed into an enchanted castle. Appetizers and two drink tickets are included with admission. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume and best mask. All guests must be age 21 or older; ID is required at check-in.

COST: $25

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

 

 

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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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