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Susan B. Anthony Women of Achievement Awards nominations sought

Susan B. Anthony Women of Achievement Awards nominations sought

The San Joaquin County Commission on the Status of Women is looking for women to honor at its Feb. 15 dinner at the Stockton Golf and Country Club.

The Susan B. Anthony Women of Achievement Awards honor women who have made achievements in San Joaquin County in categories such as business, community service, creative arts, education, government and politics, homemaking, law and legal services, labor and employment, health care, media, peace, religion, research, science, sports, women’s rights and women’s services... Read More

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November unemployment rates up slightly in area counties

November unemployment rates up slightly in area counties

Unemployment ticked up slightly in November in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.  Both counties reported a 10.7 percent unemployment rate, up from revised October rates of 9.9 for San Joaquin and 10.0 for Stanislaus County.

The counties’ rates remain higher than the state’s overall 7.2 percent rate and significantly higher than the national average of 5.8 percent... Read More

A Look At Diwali - The Festival Of Lights

A Look At Diwali - The Festival Of Lights

My husband and I finally attended Diwali, or the Festival of Lights as it is known, held at the McNair High School Auditorium.  This year marked the 20th year of the event sponsored by the Indian Association of San Joaquin County.  Diwali is the largest holiday in India, as important to Hindus as Christmas is to Christians, a harvest celebration held in the fall in October or November (Note: this event was held on November 8). 

From its name I expected abundant lights.  Instead there was an amazing night of dance and musical performances and stunning outfits worn by a large group of performers (many of them children) with tasty food available as a fundraiser during intermission. 

Christmas Posadas This Saturday

Christmas Posadas This Saturday

The Christmas season is always a favorite time at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter, Stockton.  This Saturday, December 20th the annual posadas (a candlelight procession which reenacts Mary and Joseph's search for shelter) starts at St. Mary’s Church (203 E. Washington Street, Stockton) at 5 pm and winds its way through the streets of downtown ending at the Mexican Heritage Center where beautiful nacimientos (nativity) scenes are waiting for all to see.  Mexican hot chocolate and sweet bread will be served. Tamales are on sale for $2 each or $20 per dozen. Bring the family and join this Stockton tradition.  

If you can’t make the posadas, the Nacimientos display is on view at the Mexican Heritage Center through December 27.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon – 5 pm.  

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University of the Pacific adds new counsel

University of the Pacific adds new counsel

STOCKTON — The University of the Pacific has added to its legal team, the university announced. Kevin A. Mills joins Pacific as its first general counsel Jan. 5.

“Kevin brings remarkable experience in a broad range of private higher education matters,” said President Pamela A. Eibeck. “We look forward to having him join the Pacific family.”

Mills has 15 years of experience in higher education law. ... Read More

Really sharp security camera video shows package thief


Now the victim and Stockton police hope someone will put a name to the woman taking the package from the victim's porch.

The victim has a security camera mounted on the front of his home and as video from it on Thursday, Dec. 11, shows, a woman in an older model white Nissan pickup truck pulls up to the house, picks up the brown box and hurries back to the truck which is then driven away.

The theft was in the Brookside West neighborhood.

The woman taking the package was described as white or Hispanic, with a light complexion and long red hair. She wore black high-top boots, white pants, a pink shirt, black jacket, and some type of red hat or bandanna.

Art Against Violence

Art Against Violence

Draw It Out, the group formed to provide art experiences for children to express their feelings about gun violence, continues to find new ways to connect with the public. In November, Draw It Out created an altar for the Dia de los Muertos exhibit at the Mexican Heritage Center with Cleveland School Remembers, their partner organization, to celebrate the lives of the five children killed during the Cleveland School shooting twenty-five years ago.  This altar then moved to Pittman School’s Festival of Honor, an annual event celebrating the ideas and people that we love. 

Draw It Out’s latest venture is a thought provoking exhibit  coming up in January at the Mexican Heritage Center (111 S. Sutter) entitled, “Art Against Violence” which calls for all mediums of art (visual and performing art) examining the causes, effects and solutions to violence that the group hopes will lead to action and a more peaceful Stockton.