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Make Valentine's Day crafts at Maya Angelou library

Make Valentine's Day crafts at Maya Angelou library

STOCKTON - The Maya Angelou Branch Library will host a Valentine's Day craft program on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 3:30 p.m. Participants are invited to make several crafts for the romantic holiday and enjoy light refreshments.

The event is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Stockton Public Library. The library is located at 2324 Pock Lane. For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or visit the library's website.


Cesar Chavez library presents "Book Into Film" series

STOCKTON - The Cesar Chavez Central Library will present a "Book Into Film" series beginning in February 2011. This series delves into the relationship between text and film.

Each program in the series will be comprised of a free screening of the film adaptation of the book followed by a discussion about the book and how it was interpreted in the film.

The film showings and book discussions will be held in the Stewart-Hazelton Room of the library, located at 605 North El Dorado Street, will begin at 1 p.m. Books will be available for check out at all branches of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library.

This free program is provided by the Friends of the Stockton Public Library and the California Center for the Book. For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or visit the library's website.

Bob Dylan expert to discuss folk icon's connection to the Blues

Bob Dylan expert to discuss folk icon's connection to the Blues

STOCKTON - On Feb. 23, author Michael Gray will discuss how the blues not only influenced famous singer Bob Dylan's lyrics and music structure, but continues to have a heavy influence on modern American folk music. Gray's lecture, titled "Bob Dylan and the Poetry of the Blues," will be held in the Janet Leigh Theatre on the University of Pacific's Stockton campus, and is free and open to the public.

During his nearly 50 years in the music business, Dylan has been labeled the "voice of a generation and "America's Troubadour." He often is described as a genius, a music sensation who seemed to appear nearly out of thin air after being selected by a Greek muse to write lyrics that will be discussed and studied for generations. And he is always labeled as a "folk" artist.

In truth, one does not have to look half-way around the world to find the roots of Dylan’s inspirations, says author Michael Gray.

Mexican Heritage Center presents 'La Adelita Awards'

STOCKTON - The Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery will honor three local recipients of the second annual "La Adelita Recognition Awards," on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the facility located 30 East Acacia Street. The event will focus on community engagement, volunteerism and health advocacy.

Local nurse Mary Adame, church volunteer Henriettas Anguiano, and historian and curator Arlene Galindo, will be presented with the award given to women in the community, of Mexican descent, who have shown courage, strength and persistence throughout their lives.

"There are many fine candidates for Adelita Award. This year we strongly believe the recipients represent the definition of the Adelitas," said Connie Martinez, committee member.

Adame has been a health care provider for 44 years. She began as a nurse's aide and didn't stop working until earning a Master's Degree in Nursing.

UOP presents 'Foreclosure, USA' exhibit

UOP presents 'Foreclosure, USA' exhibit

STOCKTON - University of the Pacific's Reynolds Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of San Francisco-Bay Area photographer Kirk Crippen's Foreclosure, USA series about the housing foreclosure crisis here in Stockton. The exhibit runs from Jan. 18 - Feb. 18, with an opening reception on Jan. 21 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Crippens will give an "Artist's Talk" on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. in the lecture hall adjacent to Reynolds Gallery, in the Jeannette Powell Art Center, Room 29.

The artist said he chose Stockton as the subject of his foreclosure series in 2009 when it became a center of the housing crisis in America.

"In the first quarter of 2009, one in every 27 housing units in the area received a foreclosure notice, against a national rate of about one in 159," said Crippens.

"America Back to Work" tour to stop in Stockton

STOCKTON - The "America Back to Work" national tour will visit the Stockton Big Valley Black Expo on March 5 and 6 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. The job fair is free and open to the public from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The tour, a national effort to bring employment opportunities to Americans, will provide hands-on information, resources, interviews and advice to job seekers and employers.

The annual expo will also feature dozens of companies and experts available to help residents learn how to purchase a home, how to obtain a loan modification, find out what banks have to offer and even speak directly with legal authorities.

Workshops offering information on how to live a healthier lifestyly

For more information and to register a company's participation, call (209) 545-1249.

Mexican Heritage Center hosts 'Soul Healing: Curanderismo'

STOCKTON - Did you know an apple a day will prevent heart burn? Or that a single piece of clove may numb a toothache? The Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery is proud to present "Soul Healing: Curanderismo," an event providing information on herbal cleansing and natural healing, at 5:30 p.m. at the center located at 30 East Acacia Street. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Curanderismo derives from the Spanish word "curar," which means to heal. It is a magical knowledge and wisdom of a folk healing practice that views life as a whole -- mind, body and soul.

"The three connected is what creates life," said Ana Maria, who will faciliate the event and discuss her ancestral practice.

Maria is a local resident, born in Fresno, from Purepecha native ancestry, a tribe of Mexico and one of the pre-Columbian civilizations of Mesoamerica.