Though admission is free, an offering will be collected in an effort to help and provide support for education, care and emergency relief for more than 7,000 children in multiple African countries.
This marks 25 years that the African Children’s Choir has performed shows for a large amount of people in special events or concerts. The choir members have performed in numerous places around the world, all in the hopes of showing the beauty of Africa and to raise awareness about the problems facing the continent.
The choir is made up of children who have lost one or both parents, and all the children in the choir are between the ages of 7 and 11.
The proceeds that are earned by the choir all go toward helping provide thousands of kids in Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan, Rwanda, Nigeria and Ghana with education and other needs.
At a glance
• WHAT: African Children’s Choir performance
• WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
• WHERE: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1635 Chester Drive
• COST: Free, donations accepted
• INFO: 835-7438 or www.africanchildrenschoir.com
News BriefsFundraiser for charter school
The Tracy Learning Center will have Wacky Wallet Wednesday today at three places downtown — KFC on 11th Street; Peaches & Cream Day Spa, 118 E. 11th St.; and The Little Flower Shop, 84 W. 11th Street.
Ten percent of sales, with a coupon, will go to the learning center.
For information: 831-5240.
Tracy high choir gets the blues
The Tracy High School choir will perform Smokey Blues, a jazz cabaret show, at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Emma Baumgardner Theater, 315 E. 11th St.
Dinner tickets are $25, and tickets for the show alone are $15. The meal will be catered by Texas Roadhouse. Those who wish to attend should inquire about tickets.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
For information: Matt Netto, email@example.com.
Police meeting about crime
The Tracy Police Department will speak with residents about its work to combat violent crime and gang activity during a town hall meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday in the council chambers at City Hall, 333 Civic Center Plaza.
Discussions will cover last year’s crime statistics and the department’s latest anti-gang tactics. Those who attend will be invited to ask questions and comment during an open forum.
“We scheduled this on a Friday evening after everyone has returned home from their commute to accommodate as many people as possible,” Chief Janet Thiessen said.
Another meeting will follow in March.
For information: 831-4550.
Tracy youth chess tournament
The Freiler School Chess Club will have a tournament for all students through age 12 at 5 p.m. Friday at the Freiler School gym, 2421 W. Lowell Ave.
Registration is from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Practice games are from 4 to 5:45 p.m., and tournament play starts at 6:15. Awards will be handed out beginning at 9:15.
Cost is $10.
For information: Tom Langland, 830-0368; or Tiger Azama, 831-5170.
A night for the parents
Girl Scouts Heart of California will host a Valentine Day care night where parents can drop off their kids from 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 13, though the location has yet to be announced.
Registration is due Feb. 5.
Cost is $25 per child, with $5 off that per-child price for additional siblings, and kids will be watched by adults and high-school aged Girl Scouts. Kids will enjoy snacks, games, crafts, story time and Wii while their parents enjoy the evening.
For information: 833-9003.
Dance fundraiser at Kimball
Kimball High School dance team will host a Dance Jam fundraiser for kindergarten through eighth-grade students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 6 at the high school sports center, 3200 Jaguar Road. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m.
Students will have the opportunity to perform at an upcoming basketball game with the dance team. The cost is $25.
For information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Song of the San Joaquin
Poetry Quarterly Volume VII No. 1 will be read at 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at the McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., in Modesto. The event will be free, and refreshments will be served.
For information: Cleo Griffith, 543-1776.
Applications available for G.A.T.E. testing Tracy Unified School District will have assessments for its Gifted and Talented Education Program on March 20. Applications can be picked up in school offices and must be turned in to teachers by Feb. 19.
This is the last assessment date of the year.
For information: Carla Washington or Kim Bacchetti, 830-3200, ext. 1450.
Inventors and entrepreneurs wanted The San Joaquin Angels seeks inventors and start-up companies who wish to compete for a $20,000 cash prize with professional assistance to help start their business.
The deadline to enter is Feb. 19, and the contest will be March 10, with contestants being called back March 31 for the grand finale. The $20,000 prize will be divided between a winner and runner-up.
To apply, visit SJChallenge.com.
For information: 954-5089.