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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.

UOP to host Black Family Heritage Day Feb. 12

STOCKTON - The University of the Pacific will host Black Family Heritage Day - It Takes A Village, on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m - 3 p.m. in Grace Covell Hall on campus.

The free event is open to the public and free lunch will be included. The all-day event is designed to bring the UOP and Stockton communities together to interact and network, as well as to celebrate the black family. Workshops and a health fair will also be featured.

The event is part of UOP's continuing Black History Month celebration. For more information, contact the Multicultral Center at (209) 946-7707.

Disney characters to visit kids at Cesar Chavez Library Feb. 9

Disney characters to visit kids at Cesar Chavez Library Feb. 9

STOCKTON - "Disney On Ice presents Let's Celebrate!" is bringing a colossal party on ice to the Stockton Arena, but before the show opens, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will make a special surprise visit (along with some Disney On Ice skaters) to approximately 40 kids as their Cesar Chavez Library Reading Circle springs to life on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. in downtown Stockton, 605 N. El Dorado Street.

Impacted by severe budget cuts, the Cesar Chavez Center Library, like many Stockton city services, have been forced to make dramatic changes to their operations. The surprise visit by Disney On Ice presents Let's Celebrate! show characters and skaters will provide a bright spot for Stockton area kids who will be enjoying a library reading circle event featuring Disney stories. The story book will spring to life as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse come for a visit and photo opportunities with the delighted children.

Disney On Ice presents Let's Celebrate!

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.

Disney storytime for kids at Cesar Chavez library

Disney storytime for kids at Cesar Chavez library

STOCKTON - The Cesar Chavez Central Library will host a special Disney-themed storytime for children on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.

This special storytime will feature Disney books, fun songs and activities. Kids (and parents) are invited to wear their favorite Disney costume, princess dress or Mickey ears.

The library is located at 605 North El Dorado Street. For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or visit the library's website.

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.