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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.  

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. 

University of the Pacific gears up for Black History Month celebration

University of the Pacific gears up for Black History Month celebration

University of the Pacific’s annual Black History Month celebration includes activities that honor the history and heritage of African-Americans and the African Diaspora. Throughout the month of February, students, faculty and staff put on numerous events, including a keynote speaker, gospel concert, poetry reading, roundtable discussions and various guest lecturers.

Activists Dr. Melba Beals and Dr. Angela Davis, gospel legends The Clark Sisters, and nationally recognized poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips will be featured as University of the Pacific celebrates Black History Month in February. The theme for this year’s celebration is “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.” 

Delta College Jazz Festival - Saturday, December 6 ALL DAY!

Delta College Jazz Festival - Saturday, December 6 ALL DAY!
The Pacific Mambo Orchestra (PMO) will cap off Delta’s annual "50 Jazz Band" Jazz Festival, Saturday, December 6, 8 p.m. in Atherton Auditorium. PMO won the 2014 Grammy for "Best Tropical Latin Album.” This dynamic 19 piece Latin Big Band from San Francisco plays Salsa, Mambo, Latin Jazz, and Cha Cha. PMO is called “The sound of the new Mambo!” http://www.pacificmambo.com/ 

PMO Tickets: $20 Adults; $15 Students

Delta College Culinary Arts Annual Winter Feast, Wed. Dec. 10, 5:30pm - 8pm, Danner Hall

Delta College Culinary Arts Annual Winter Feast, Wed. Dec. 10, 5:30pm - 8pm, Danner Hall

Once again, it’s time for Delta College Culinary Arts’ delicious WINTER FEAST, Wednesday, Dec. 10,
5:30 - 8:00 p.m. in Danner Hall. Chefs Mark Berkner and Robert Halabicky will have their students rarin' & ready  for another culinary extravaganza.

Here’s a tip: Eat lightly that day, you’ll need to make room for the “Feast.”

Chemistry professors in top hats and tails have fun with chemistry

Chemistry professors in top hats and tails have fun with chemistry

Honoring a tradition that was started in the 1820s at the Royal Institution, two Pacific chemistry professors dressed as 19th century chemists will carry out experiments that explode, change colors and delight an audience of all ages.

The event is FREE and open to the public, but admission is limited. Tickets are available at the Pacific Box Office.

The tradition comes from the Royal Institution of Great Britain’s Christmas Lecture. The Royal Institution has offered a science lecture to children in the London community every year since 1825, with the exception of the years during World War II when the series was suspended. The lecture series was founded by Michael Faraday, considered one of the great scientists of modern history.

During Pacific’s event, the two chemistry professors will make liquids change colors, set things on fire and blow stuff up simply by mixing liquids together, then explain how they did it all.

26th Annual Hospice of San Joaquin 'Tree of Lights' ceremony Tues. Nov. 25, 6 p.m. at Delta College

26th Annual Hospice of San Joaquin 'Tree of Lights' ceremony Tues. Nov. 25, 6 p.m. at Delta College

The Hospice of San Joaquin and Delta College will illuminate the holiday sky at the 26th Annual Hospice of San Joaquin "Tree of Lights" Ceremony, Tue., Nov. 25, 6 p.m. at Delta’s main Pacific Avenue entrance. As is tradition, a local hospice services family will flip the giant PG&E switch, coloring the tree with 1600 multicolored lights. Last year, the family of Ramon "Ray" Vigil had that honor.

A seasonal Stockton favorite, this popular and festive ceremony rings in a dazzling opening to the holiday season. It's always a magnificent sight as one of Delta’s huge Pacific Avenue evergreens blooms to colorful life. The college likes to boast: “We believe Delta has the best holiday tree in Stockton!”