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Brookside Christian Knights' Furious 5 is enough

STOCKTON, CA - They play every single minute of every single game and despite having only five players the Brookside Christian Knights girls basketball team is considered one of the top division five schools in the Sac-Joaquin Section.

"What began as a challenge has turned into a blessing," said Knights Head Coach Que Ngo. "The girls have been great, they have worked hard and have never complained."

But so far this season, five girls have been enough. The Knights (16-4), have surprised many of their opponents.

"The look at us like we are about to lose and we are are going to get tired really fast, " said Freshman guard Tiara Tucker.

"You see them looking at us," continued Junior guard Jackie Johnson. "But when we get on the court and we score 12-0, 13-0 and they are like wow."

Tucker leads the team in scoring averaging more than 30 points per game, an average that is number one in the state, and second in the nation.

UOP hosts 'Rocky Horror Show' event Feb. 11

UOP hosts 'Rocky Horror Show' event Feb. 11

STOCKTON - A gala event will be held at University of the Pacific, one that will have women getting their tuxedos out of moth balls and the men putting on their best fishnet stockings and high-heeled shoes. And no, that sentence is not backwards, because the event is "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," a cult film about cross-dressing aliens, mad scientists and numerous double entendres, all put to music.

The show will be at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center Ballroom. Doors open at 11 p.m. Seating will be limited to the first 400 people. Tickets cost $5 per person and are sold at the door. Pacific students with a valid ID will be admitted free. All audience members must have a valid identification as this show is open only to those 18 and older.

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a truly terrible film made great by the audience," said Mary Paduano, one of the students hosting this year's performance.

McNerney to host Congress at Your Corner event in Stockton

STOCKTON, CA -- Congressman Jerry McNerney is expected to arrive in Stockton Thursday afternoon at Stockton's Cesar Chavez Central Library to hold his first "Congress at Your Corner" event of 2011.

In light of the events in Tucson earlier this month, the congressman is inviting the community to attend as a message of support for the victims.

"I'm firmly committed to being accessible to the people I represent," said Rep. McNerney.  "Over the past four years, I've held dozens of these events and always enjoyed the opportunity to hear directly from the people I represent."

Thursday's event will begin with a moment of silence.  Attendees will also be given the opportunity to write Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords notes of support.

Since 2007, Congressman McNerney has become known for holding "Congress at Your Corner" events at community locations such as libraries and coffee shops.  Hundreds of people have attended.

Congressman Cardoza secures new location for Stockton office

Congressman Cardoza secures new location for Stockton office

STOCKTON - Congressman Dennis Cardoza, CA-18, announced Thursday he secured a new location for his Stockton District Office at 401 North San Joaquin Street, Suite 109. The new office will be located in a building owned by San Joaquin County.

Cardoza's Modesto and Merced had previously been moved to government-owned buildings in order to provide better service and a higher level of security to constituents. The Stockton office was the last of Cardoza's three district offices to relocate into a government building.

"Just as soon as we can get our computers up and running, we will be reopening our doors and welcoming all Stockton residents to stop by," said Cardoza.

The Congressman expects to to open the office in February. The exact date will be announced soon.

Maya Angelou library hosts Black History Month film program

STOCKTON - The Maya Angelou Branch Library, located at 2324 Pock Lane, will host a film program in recognition of Black History Month, on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m.

Two films will be shown during the afternoon beginning with the documentary "Malcolm X," a film based on the autobiography which Malcolm wrote with assistance from Alex Haley that penetrates stereotypes to reveal the dynamic leader of America's Black revolution. At 5 p.m., the library will present the film "The Gospel," that portrays the church as a stabilizing force, forum for conflict and arena for enterprise, featuring amazing gospel music from Yolanda Adams and Tamyra Gray. Both films are rated PG.

The free program was provided through the generosity of the Friends of the Stockton Public Library. For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or visit the library's website.

 

New teen program at Cesar Chavez library begins Feb. 5

STOCKTON - Starting Saturday, Feb. 5, the Cesar Chavez Central Library will present a new program for teens called "Grand Central Station." The series of events will feature unique activities just for teens, including cool crafts, Wii games, a display of new teen books and exploring all the library has to offer for young adults.

The free program, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., will be held in the Stewart-Hazelton Room of the library located at 605 North El Dorado Street.

The Friends of the Stockton Public Library made this event possible. For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or visit the library's website.

Hill Harper to speak at UOP's Black History Month event

Hill Harper to speak at UOP's Black History Month event

STOCKTON - Hill Harper, actor, motivational speaker and author of New York Times best-selling books aimed at inspiring black youth, will be this year's keynote speaker for University of the Pacific's Black History Month celebration.

Harper will speak on Saturday, Feb. 26 in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall on Pacific's Stockton campus. The lecture starts at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). It is free and open to the public though seating is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis. Shortly before the lecture, winners of Pacific's Apollo Night competition will perform.

Pacific's month-long celebration of black heritage and history is designed to both educate and enrich the campus and local communities. Harper's lecture, "Building a Foundation for Your Life," is one of many events planned throughout February.

Stockton Children's Museum survives budget cuts

Stockton Children's Museum survives budget cuts

STOCKTON - The Children’s Museum of Stockton said goodbye this week to a very active traveling exhibit, “Healthier Ever After.” Sponsored by First5 San Joaquin and Health Plan of San Joaquin the exhibit provided a fun way for children and their families to learn about nutrition and exercise.

Recently, the Board of Directors took over ownership of the museum after City of Stockton budget cuts were going to force its closure. Board President Diane Batres says they refused to let that happen, “There’s just so few places like this for children to really play and explore in a safe and educational environment. We just could not let the museum close.”

The “little city” within the Children’s Museum allows kids to experiment with various roles from farming and banking to firefighting and recycling.

UOP to host "Civility in Politics" roundtable discussion

STOCKTON - The University of the Pacific will host a panel discussion about "Civility in Politics" on Monday, Jan. 31 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. The event will be held in the Janet Leigh Theatre in the middle of the university's Stockton campus and is free and open to the public.

The event, titled "Democracy and Civility: What level of civility is required for citizens to participate freely in politics?" will focus on whether politicians, pundits and their supporters should scale back their harsh rhetoric amidst recent discussion about the language used by politicians during the past two years:

· Last year, Senate candidate Sharon Angle said voters will have to "express their second amendment rights" in order to deal with members of Congress.

· Last year, Congressional candidate Jesse Kelly, running against Democrat Gabby Giffords, held a fund-raiser where supporters could shoot M-16 rifles at targets. She called it a "Help Remove Giffords from Office" party.

Stockton community honors Gen. Vang Pao

Stockton community honors Gen. Vang Pao

STOCKTON - A community memorial service to honor General Vang Pao will be held on Thursday, Jan. 27 from 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at McLeod Lake at Weber's Point in Stockton. Opening ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Pao, 81, a man the local Hmong community considered a hero for his role in fighting against communists in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam war, died on Jan. 6 at the Clovis Community Medical Center. He had been hospitalized with pneumonia.

The general was named in a 2007 federal lawsuit as a co-conspirator in an alleged plot to overthrow the Laotian communist government. His arrest and case sparked large peaceful demonstrations in Sacramento.

Prosecutors dismissed the case against Vang two years later.