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Cesar Chavez library presents Puppet Art Theater April 2

Cesar Chavez library presents Puppet Art Theater April 2

STOCKTON - The Cesar Chavez Central Library is happy to welcome back Puppet Art Theater for a special program on Saturday, April 2 at 3 p.m.

Families will be treated to a special puppet version of the classic tale, "Little Red Riding Hood." Books featuring "Little Red Riding Hood" and other classic fairy tales will be on display and available for checking out after the program. The program will be held in the Stewart-Hazelton Room of the Cesar Chavez Central Library, located at 605 North El Dorado Street.

The free event is provided by the Friends of the Stockton Public Library. For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or visit www.stockton.lib.ca.us.

Mommy & Me hosts educational forum, baby shower for young moms

Mommy & Me hosts educational forum, baby shower for young moms

STOCKTON - On Thursday, March 24, 2011, the Mommy & Me Program presented a Public Health Car Seat Safety and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.  Charles Hughes of the San Joaquin County Public Health Car Seat Safety Program was present to provide education to the community, especially the young mothers, on one of the most important jobs of a parent—to keep children safe when riding in vehicles. Each year, thousands of children are injured and killed in car crashes. The Public Health Car Seat Safety presentation provided information on the proper use of car safety seats and the type of seat a child needs based upon the child’s size and type of vehicle in which riding.

Seaport Woodwind Quintet presents 'Musical History of California'

STOCKTON - The Cesar Chavez Central Library will welcome the Seaport Woodwind Quintet and their presentation of "The Musical History of California." From the Miwok Indians to the movies, this costumed group of symphony musicians will bring us from our state's beginnings - Native Americans, missions, immigrants, the Gold Rush - to present day California with an emphasis on the San Joaquin Valley and our own Stockton.

The performance will be held on Saturday, March 12 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. at the library located at 605 North El Dorado Street.

The group features clarinet, flute, bassoon, French horn, oboe, and also guitar, wash tub bass, wind flute, chimes and percussion (including spoons!). The costumed players and storytellers will delight audience members of all ages.

This program is made possible through a grant from the Stockton Arts Commission, and will also be presented in several area schools.

San Joaquin County Science Fair takes place March 3

San Joaquin County Science Fair takes place March 3

STOCKTON - The 53rd annual San Joaquin County Science Fair will take place on Thursday, March 3 from 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 South Airport Way in Stockton. The awards ceremony will follow at 6:30 p.m.

This year, over 400 projects created by nearly 1,000 students in the county from grades K-12, will be on display. The culmination of the fair will feature a performance by "The Mad Scientist" at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to all students, their parents and the community.

Each year, San Joaquin County awards thousands of dollars to students and teachers who exhibit superior levels of understanding and articulation in the area of science. Top students proceed to the State Science Fair held each year in Southern California. For additional information about the San Joaquin County Science Fair, contact Stephanie Anderson at (209) 468-4880 or via email at standerson@sjcoe.net.

Testing talents with trivia

Testing talents with trivia

STOCKTON - Ask me to play Trivial Pursuit and I’ll immediately extol the virtues of Pictionary. I have never been able to store all that minutiae in the archives of my mind. I like to say I’m too busy running a business, being a mom, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, (I’ll add anything here to make my point) to have room for such facts.

Truth is I just don’t have that kind of brain and I so admire people who can flip on Jeopardy and immediately start shouting out the answers. These people also have plenty on their plates yet their brain is quickly rummaging through their cerebellum file cabinets and grabbing ancient facts then spurting them out at the speed of light. So amazing!

Stockton has its very own Trivia Bee and if you like to watch or participate, order tickets for the March 11th event now! It is fun, funny and you can’t help feeling just a bit smarter when you leave!

Call 209-957-7277 for tickets.

Health Plan of San Joaquin awards $17,304 to Mommy & Me Program

Health Plan of San Joaquin awards $17,304 to Mommy & Me Program

STOCKTON - On Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, Jeff Slater, Grants Administrator for Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ), was on hand to present a check to the Board of Trustees for the Mommy & Me Program, one of 14 non-profit community organizations that were awarded grants totaling more than $260,000 from HPSJ’s Community Wellness Funding Program.

'Knowledge is Power' child care training Feb. 19

'Knowledge is Power' child care training Feb. 19

STOCKTON - Parents, child care providers, and children’s advocates from five counties will gather in at the Family Resource and Referral Center, 509 West Weber Avenue, on Saturday, Feb. 19 to participate in the Knowledge Is Power training.

Knowledge is Power will be facilitated by Parent Voices Statewide and focus on empowering participants to advocate in response to proposed budget cuts. The training will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.