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High school artwork on display at Weston Ranch library

STOCKTON - During the month of February, the Weston Ranch Branch Library will host an exhibit of artwork by local high school students. In celebration of Black History Month, students from Weston Ranch and New Vision High Schools will share their original artwork in support of the theme "Celebrating Our Diverse Heritage."

On Friday, Feb. 25 judges will select winners and prizes will be awarded for the best artwork. Student art will be on display inside of the library through March 19.

The program is free and open to the public. The library is located at 1453 West French Camp Road. For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or visit the library's website.

UOP hosts 'Our Family Wedding' film screening, discussion

UOP hosts 'Our Family Wedding' film screening, discussion

STOCKTON - The University of the Pacific will continue to celebrate Black History Month with a screening of the film "Our Family Wedding," on Friday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. in the Janet Leigh Theatre on campus, located at 3601 Pacific Avenue.

Admission is $5 for the public, free for UOP students and $3 for UOP faculty, staff and alumni.

The film features actors Forest Whitaker and Carlos Mencia, will be shown. The comedy centers around the fathers of a young couple - one from an African-American family and the other from a Latino family - who plan to marry. A discussion will follow the film. 

"Our Family Weddding" is one of three films that will be shown as part of UOP's Black History month celebration. The other is "Good Hair,"a documentary made by comedian Chris Rock that explores how black hair is perceived in the Black community.

Stockton-San Joaquin Public Library receives $35,000 donation

STOCKTON - The Library & Literacy Foundation generously donated two contributions totaling $35,000 to the Stockton-San Joaquin Public Library system. The library received $33,000 to purchase reading materials and $2,000 for the popular Summer Reading Club.

"This is such great news," said Community Services Director Pamela Sloan. "It couldn't have come at a better time, when our collections and programs need the most support."

The funds will allow the library to purchase approximately 1,3000 copies of high-demand adult reading material, which will reduce the time customers have typically had to wait for popular titles to become available.

Just in time for summer planning, the $2,000 grant will be used to supplement the library's 2011 Summer Reading Club program, which serves about 2,3000 children, teens and adults throughout the county.

"The foundation has been a tremendous partner throughout the years," continued Sloan.

Weston Ranch Library hosts Tuskegee Airmen Feb. 25

Weston Ranch Library hosts Tuskegee Airmen Feb. 25

STOCKTON - In celebration of Black History Month, on Friday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m., the Weston Ranch Library will host members of the Tuskegee Airmen from the George "Spanky" Roberts chapter based in Sacramento.

The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted to become America's first black military airmen during World War II. Come hear their stories and experiences through this living history event. Following the free program, a special tribute will be held in celebration of diverse heritage from local high school students.

The library is located at 1453 West French Camp Road. For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or visit the library's website.

Musical 'Barrio Grrrl!' visits Stockton Feb. 15-18

Musical 'Barrio Grrrl!' visits Stockton Feb. 15-18

STOCKTON - The Kennedy Center production of "Barrio Grrrl!" will stop in Stockton from Feb. 15 - 18 at the Faye Spanos Concert Hall on the University of Pacific's campus.

The musical production is on a three-month tour of school and public performances in 17 cities in 13 states from January 22, 2011 to April 16, 2011. The musical features book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award® nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights), music by Tony Award® winner Bill Sherman (In the Heights), direction by Peter Flynn, and choreography by Devanand Janki. This production for young people and their families is recommended for ages 9 and up.

Spunky 9-year-old Ana is faced with this very big decision. On the one hand, as her alter-ego Barrio Grrrl with her invisible sidekick The Amazing Voice, she's pretty busy preserving justice in the barrio and protecting her neighborhood.

San Joaquin Int'l Film Festival begins March 17

San Joaquin Int'l Film Festival begins March 17

STOCKTON - The San Joaquin Film Society (SJFS) announced the 4th San Joaquin International Film Festival will take place March 17 - 26 in Stockton and Modesto.

The San Joaquin Film Society's Board of Directors, along with guest curator Sophoan Sorn, director of San Francisco's Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, has assembled a collection of award-winning international films, educational programs and locally-produced works for this year's festival.

On Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m., the festival will open at the Stockton Empire Theatre with acclaimed Italian director Paolo Virzi's "The First Beautiful Thing" (La Prima Cosa Bella). It is Italy's national submission to the 2011 Academy Awards.

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.