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The Campus nearly ready to open

The Campus nearly ready to open

STOCKTON — Stockton’s new childcare center, The Campus, is close to opening in downtown Stockton. The community was invited to tour the center Monday evening.

When The Campus opens Aug. 12, it will be equipped to serve 65 children between the ages of 18 months to 4 years.

The Campus is the brainchild of Megan Cort, wife of developer Zac Cort, who is seeking to breathe new life into downtown Stockton with housing and commercial development. The Campus is located in the renovated Newberry Building at 123 North Sutter St... Read More

Hand In Hand

Hand In Hand

Every year there are many Asian celebrations with roots from South Stockton, each featuring a distinct culture – the Chinese New Year Parade and Festival, the Cambodian New Year Celebration, the Obon Festival, the Barrio Fiesta, Hmong New Year to name a few.

This Saturday, June 6, the cultures come together in an Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration known as Hand in Hand which is a collaboration between the Central Valley Asian American Chamber of Commerce (CVACC) and the Haggin Museum.  The event takes place at the Haggin starting at 12:30 pm.  See the schedule below:

(Museum Entrance)

12:30 pm – Stockton Bukkyo Taiko

(Haggin Room)

1 pm – Welcome messages

1:15 pm – Pacific Islander Dance Performance (Te Ihi O Te Ara Nui)

1:30 pm – Chinese Cinderella Theater Performance (Red Dragon Youth Theater/Edison High School Chinese Club)

2 pm – Hmong Dance Group (Hmong International Culture Institute)

Celtic Woman 10th Anniversary World Tour

Celtic Woman 10th Anniversary World Tour

For ten years the music group Celtic Woman has been delighting audiences everywhere. Now is your chance to experience the magical sights and sounds for yourself.  The 10th Anniversary World Tour is coming to the Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main Street, this Friday, May 29th at 7:30PM. The concert will include a wealth of Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary pop songs accompanied by Celtic violin, a full band, the Anotas Choir, bagpipers and Irish dancers. Don’t miss this unforgettable celebration. For ticket info link here

Summer ArtSplash Returns

Summer ArtSplash Returns

The Summer ArtSplash (a free self-guided tour of downtown Stockton venues filled with art) is returning for its 4th year this Friday, May 8 from 5 pm – 8 pm.  The ArtSplash takes place on the second Friday of May - October.   Other dates are Friday, June 12; Friday, July 10; Friday, August 14; Friday, September 11 and Friday, October 9. 

Charter Schools Gain Momentum in San Joaquin County

Charter Schools Gain Momentum in San Joaquin County

Year after year, we see more parents demanding high quality school choice options for their children. Current enrollment numbers tell us that an estimated 547,800 students are enrolled in charter public schools across the state for the 2014-15 school year. Charter enrollment grew by an estimated 33,525 increase this year. This growth pattern isn’t limited to student enrollment in existing charter schools, in fact there are 87 new charter schools that opened their doors this year, bringing the total number of charters in California to 1,184.  Despite the growth and momentum, charter school students only represent about 7% of California’s student population.  Yet according to a number of polls and studies conducted in recent years a majority of parents feel charter schools do a better job than traditional public schools. 

Celebrate The Earth

Celebrate The Earth

For eight years Disneynature has created films released for Earth Day.  Seeing these films has become a favorite tradition for my husband and I.  This year’s movie opens on Friday, April 17 and is called Monkey Kingdom.  Part of the proceeds from attending opening week goes to protecting monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.  Watching Monkey Kingdom this week is something simple and enjoyable you can do while helping our endangered friends.

What it takes now to buy your first house

What it takes now to buy your first house

By MICHAEL BLOWER
Central Valley Assoc. of Realtors

The Central Valley real estate market is hot right now, providing more available lower-priced properties for first-time home buyers. However, no matter what market you are in, purchasing a home for the first time can be daunting for anyone.

Sure, it’s easy to dream about that perfect home and ride around looking at neighborhoods, attending open houses and making wish lists about the features you want. But the actual commitment and work involved to take the dream to reality can stop prospective buyers in their tracks. Where do you start? What’s really involved? How can you protect yourself? And in today’s competitive market, how do you end up with the winning bid?... Read More