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Summer Exhibitions at the Grand feature Painting and Ceramics

Summer Exhibitions at the Grand feature Painting and Ceramics

The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts presents two new exhibitions, titled The Convict and a Boy – A Graphic
Novel by Kenney Mencher and I Don’t Get It – Ceramics by Bruce Cadman. These exhibitions are on display from May 28th through July 16th, 2016, in the GWF Energy and Souza Galleries. 

An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, May 28th from 12 to 2 p.m. A Gallery Talk with both artists will be held on Saturday, June 11th, from 12 to 2 p.m. Mr. Mencher will be featured as Artist-In-Residence from Wednesday, June 15th through Saturday, June 18th. The residency will culminate with a Comic Drawing Workshop on Saturday, June 18th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibitions, Opening Reception, Gallery Talk, and Residency are free and open to the public. The Workshop costs $10 for Tracy residents and $12 for non-residents.

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Transportation report ranks California projects

Transportation report ranks California projects

Only 14 of California’s 125 most needed transportation projects will have the funding they need by 2020, according to a report by the nonprofit transportation group TRIP.

The organization’s report ranks transportation projects throughout the state.

Among the projects in the Central Valley, TRIP identified the Interstate 5 corridor through San Joaquin County, which it ranked third statewide in importance among areas outside big cities. It said 10 projects have been proposed between Eight Mile Road in Stockton and I-205 in Lathrop, totaling $888.6 million.

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3 things customers say about small banks, credit unions

3 things customers say about small banks, credit unions

Community banks and credit unions have higher customer and member engagement than national banks do, according to a survey from Gallup.

However, the survey also found customers still go to bigger banks when they have significant financial business.

Here are three things customers told Gallup about their relationships with community banks and credit unions.

Community banks, credit unions excel at engagement

Local banks and credit unions have worked very hard and successfully to help customers and members feel that they are valued and are getting personal attention. Gallup found that customers see small banks as part of the community which builds a sense of group identity and pride among customers and members.

Gallup defines engagement as the emotional connection between a business and its customers... Read More

Central Valley home prices rising faster than national average

Central Valley home prices rising faster than national average

Home prices in the Stockton and Modesto markets rose faster over the past year than the national average and faster than the statewide average, according to CoreLogic, a real estate data provider.

In Stockton-Lodi, home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 10.8 percent in March compared to March 2015. In Modesto, home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 8.1 percent, year over year... Read More

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Worker shortage continues to plague construction industry

Worker shortage continues to plague construction industry

Construction, which boomed before the recession, has been slow at coming back, especially in the Central Valley. It’s not so much that demand for projects is low as that the industry is having trouble finding enough workers.

“There are fewer qualified laborers in today’s construction workforce,” said Chris Marr, director of business development for George Reed Construction in Modesto. “And it seems the attitude for doing hard work isn’t there in today’s younger generation.”

Construction is a major contributor to California’s economy and to that of the Central Valley. In 2014 the industry has contributed $75 billion, or 3.2 percent, of the state’s GDP of $2.3 trillion. Wages and salaries totaled $42.3 billion, according to a study by the Associated General Contractors of America... Read More

Dameron discontinues maternity and child care

Dameron discontinues maternity and child care

STOCKTON — Dameron Hospital will no longer provide labor and infant services.

The hospital stopped accepting admissions to its Maternal Child Health Services line on April 27.

Services that are no longer offered include labor and delivery, postpartum units, neonatal ICU and pediatrics... Read More

Join Dare to Prepare Day April 30!

Join Dare to Prepare Day April 30!

For more information, go to daretoprepareday.com