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El Concilio to feature military general at annual luncheon May 6

El Concilio to feature military general at annual luncheon May 6

STOCKTON - El Concilio’s Annual Latina Luncheon will be this Friday May 6, at Brookside Country Club (3603 St. Andrews Drive) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

El Concilio is honored to have the highest ranking Latina in the Military in Major General Angela Salinas speak at the luncheon. This event is an inspiring opportunity to hear national Latina leaders offer their experiences as a message of hope to empower our community to achieve its dreams and goals.

Weston Ranch Library to offer Mother's Day crafts May 6

Weston Ranch Library to offer Mother's Day crafts May 6

STOCKTON - On Friday May 6, at 3:00 p.m., the Weston Ranch Branch Library will host a Mothers' Day craft program. Celebrate Mother's Day by making a special gift basket and card for Mom. Children from ages 6 and up are welcome to participate.

There is no registration for this program, however attendance is limited to the first 25 families at the program. All materials are included for each family to make one basket.

This free program is provided through the generosity of the Friends of the Stockton Public Library. The Weston Ranch Branch Library is located at 1453 West French Camp Road in Stockton. For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or visit the library's website.

Christa McAuliffe Middle School to hold Cinco De Mayo showcase

Christa McAuliffe Middle School to hold Cinco De Mayo showcase

STOCKTON - Parents, community members and students will celebrate Cinco De Mayo with a showcase on Thursday, May 5 at Christa McAuliffe Middle School, 3880 Iron Canyon Circle. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room.

Guests can expect dance presentations, drama skits, musical performances and a guest speaker. Each year, the creativitiy and artistic talents of the school's students are showcased at this successful event.

For more information, contact Raquel Perez at (209) 953-9441.

Stockton says 'fed up' to Forbes; Celebrates city April 23

Stockton says 'fed up' to Forbes; Celebrates city April 23

STOCKTON - Standing up for their city, Stocktonians are anything but miserable. And, fed up with Forbes. In response to Forbes magazine listing Stockton as "America’s most miserable city," its people are coming together on April 23 to show this New York publication just how wrong they are. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stocktonians will gather on the historic Miracle Mile (Pacific Avenue) to celebrate Stockton.

The celebration will include sidewalk sales from local businesses, arts and crafts, live music, food, a few native Stockton celebrities, and rumors of a flash mob. Additionally, local artists will gather to paint a mural commemorating the event on the side of Kat’s Cakes, a local business on the Mile. Concluding the event will be a showing of two Stockton documentaries and a special closing ceremony announcing the Top 10 Most Miserable Magazines.

For more information contact Dr. Alan Ray at (209) 406-1221 or aray@pacific.edu.

Asparagus Festival kicks off today

Asparagus Festival kicks off today

STOCKTON - As you might have already noticed, downtown Stockton has transformed into this year's Asparagus Festival, a city-wide annual tradition. The festival will run from Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17, open 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. all three days.

Tickets for the event cost $12 for adults, $7 for college students with proper ID, $7 for teens ages 13-17, $7 for seniors and free for children ages 12 and under (with paying adults).

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FOOD

The famous Asparagus Alley returns with dozens of unique asparagus dishes to choose from. Last year, over 36,000 pounds of asparagus was enjoyed by attendees! The alley will offer everything from deep-fried asparagus, asparagus tri-tip sandwiches, asparagus burritos and pasta dishes to refreshing drinks and more.

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.