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UOP to host Brubeck Festival March 31-April 3

UOP to host Brubeck Festival March 31-April 3

STOCKTON - With the central theme of "Creativity," the 2011 Brubeck festival will feature new works by several ground-breaking performers from March 31 through April 3, including the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the first music group to win a Grammy for an album that was sold exclusively on the Internet. The celebration will close with a screening of the new Clint Eastwood documentary film about Dave Brubeck called "Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way." All performances will take place in University of Pacific's Faye Spanos Concert Hall or the Recital Hall on the Stockton campus.

Every group in the festival was chosen because of its originality, its innovation, and its musical appeal to audiences.

"One of the hallmarks of Dave Brubeck's life and career has been his creativity," said Steve Anderson, director of the Brubeck Institute.

McNerney announces Congressional Art Competition for students

McNerney announces Congressional Art Competition for students

Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) announced Tuesday the details of the 2011 Art Competition for the 11th Congressional District. The competition is part of the nationwide annual Congressional Art Competition intended to showcase the artistic talents and abilities of students in across the nation.

"I encourage high school students from throughout the 11th District to participate in this year’s Congressional Art Competition," said McNerney. "Each time I walk to the Capitol I pass by the collection of student artwork and I’m always impressed by the level of talent and quality of work. I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s entries."

Each member of Congress hosts a competition among high school students in his or her district. The winning artwork from each district is then displayed in a busy corridor that leads to the U.S. Capitol, used daily by members of Congress and visitors to Washington, D.C.

Stockton Ports to hold national anthem auditions Feb. 15

Stockton Ports to hold national anthem auditions Feb. 15

STOCKTON - The Stockton Ports are holding national anthem auditions to find local talent for all home games during the 2011 season. The Ports auditions will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Sherwood Mall, located at 5308 Pacific Avenue.

The auditions will be in an American Idol-like style in their search for the best national anthem singers in the San Joaquin County area. There is no age limit and all hopeful singers will be required to complete a contact sheet before performing. All potential singers should come prepared to sing the national anthem.

For more information contact Allison Mandel at (209) 644-1900 or visit www.stocktonports.com.

Gospel Center Rescue Mission presents CD release concert April 8

Gospel Center Rescue Mission presents CD release concert April 8

STOCKTON - The Gospel Center Rescue Mission (GCRM) has sanctioned a first-of-its-kind Benefit CD Recording "The New Life Project: Songs Of Brokenness & Healing" & CD Release Concert featuring some of Stockton's most talented singers, songwriters, musicians and performers, set to take place one day before its 71st anniversary on Friday, April 8, 2011, 7 p.m. at Quail Lakes Baptist Church, 1904 Quail Lakes Dr. in Stockton.

The 70-plus year old organization has recruited the founding members of two of Stockton's most exciting new recording groups to helm the project; Randy Sandoli of Tipping Point in the role of producer for the project and Dave Creel of Sugar Water Purple who is managing the promotion of the project.

St. Joseph’s Invites “Little Angels” to calendar competition

St. Joseph’s Invites “Little Angels”  to calendar competition

STOCKTON - St. Joseph’s Foundation announces an open casting call for children up to the age of 10 to participate in the 2012 Little Angels Calendar Contest. The brainchild of Portraits by Angie Lane photographer Angie Francis, Little Angels is a fundraiser featuring and benefiting children.

The fundraiser has three parts:
First, parents sign up for a photo session and make a $100 donation to St. Joseph’s Foundation. Little Angels portraits incorporate wings, tricycles, headpieces, other adorable props, and, most importantly, your child.

Next, all images will be posted online where people can vote (for $1 per vote) for their favorite images. Parents should forward the link to everyone they know (post it on their Facebook profile, send it to their entire email address book, tell their family members and friends) so that their child can accrue votes.

New Miss San Joaquin County 2011 crowned

New Miss San Joaquin County 2011 crowned

STOCKTON - A new queen was crowned at the Miss San Joaquin County Pageant 2011 held on Jan. 22 at Cesar Chavez High School. Turlock resident Joelle Aud, 22, is the new Miss San Joaquin County. She attends the University of the Pacific. First runner up was Kelley Douglas, 23, of Stockton who attends UC Santa Barbara. Second runner up was Libby Lopez, 23, of Stockton, who attends CSU Fresno.

Miss San Joaquin County's Outstanding Teen 2011 was also crowned at the ceremony. St. Mary's High School student Savanna Fisher, 14, of Stockton took the title. First runner up was Alyssa Kimball, 15, of Stockton who attends Lincoln High School.

Other winners at the pageant included Miss Central California Regional Jennifer Humble, 19, of Lakeport and Miss Delta Valley Taylor-Page Butler, 20, of Sacramento.

More than $5,000 in scholarships were awarded to all of the newly crowned winners.

Make Valentine's Day crafts with the family

Make Valentine's Day crafts with the family

STOCKTON - On Thursday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m., the Troke Branch library will present Valentine Crafts for everyone: kids, parents, teens.

The library, located at 502 West Benjamin Holt Drive, will host two separate craft programs. Children and their families can gather to listen to Valentine stories followed by various Valentine crafts. Teens can get together to create their own versions of the holiday crafts. A display of valentine books will be on display as well.

For more information about the free event, call the library at (209) 937-8221 or visit the library's website.