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Stockton Ports to hold national anthem auditions Feb. 15

Stockton Ports to hold national anthem auditions Feb. 15

STOCKTON - The Stockton Ports are holding national anthem auditions to find local talent for all home games during the 2011 season. The Ports auditions will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Sherwood Mall, located at 5308 Pacific Avenue.

The auditions will be in an American Idol-like style in their search for the best national anthem singers in the San Joaquin County area. There is no age limit and all hopeful singers will be required to complete a contact sheet before performing. All potential singers should come prepared to sing the national anthem.

For more information contact Allison Mandel at (209) 644-1900 or visit www.stocktonports.com.

Gospel Center Rescue Mission presents CD release concert April 8

Gospel Center Rescue Mission presents CD release concert April 8

STOCKTON - The Gospel Center Rescue Mission (GCRM) has sanctioned a first-of-its-kind Benefit CD Recording "The New Life Project: Songs Of Brokenness & Healing" & CD Release Concert featuring some of Stockton's most talented singers, songwriters, musicians and performers, set to take place one day before its 71st anniversary on Friday, April 8, 2011, 7 p.m. at Quail Lakes Baptist Church, 1904 Quail Lakes Dr. in Stockton.

The 70-plus year old organization has recruited the founding members of two of Stockton's most exciting new recording groups to helm the project; Randy Sandoli of Tipping Point in the role of producer for the project and Dave Creel of Sugar Water Purple who is managing the promotion of the project.

St. Joseph’s Invites “Little Angels” to calendar competition

St. Joseph’s Invites “Little Angels”  to calendar competition

STOCKTON - St. Joseph’s Foundation announces an open casting call for children up to the age of 10 to participate in the 2012 Little Angels Calendar Contest. The brainchild of Portraits by Angie Lane photographer Angie Francis, Little Angels is a fundraiser featuring and benefiting children.

The fundraiser has three parts:
First, parents sign up for a photo session and make a $100 donation to St. Joseph’s Foundation. Little Angels portraits incorporate wings, tricycles, headpieces, other adorable props, and, most importantly, your child.

Next, all images will be posted online where people can vote (for $1 per vote) for their favorite images. Parents should forward the link to everyone they know (post it on their Facebook profile, send it to their entire email address book, tell their family members and friends) so that their child can accrue votes.

New Miss San Joaquin County 2011 crowned

New Miss San Joaquin County 2011 crowned

STOCKTON - A new queen was crowned at the Miss San Joaquin County Pageant 2011 held on Jan. 22 at Cesar Chavez High School. Turlock resident Joelle Aud, 22, is the new Miss San Joaquin County. She attends the University of the Pacific. First runner up was Kelley Douglas, 23, of Stockton who attends UC Santa Barbara. Second runner up was Libby Lopez, 23, of Stockton, who attends CSU Fresno.

Miss San Joaquin County's Outstanding Teen 2011 was also crowned at the ceremony. St. Mary's High School student Savanna Fisher, 14, of Stockton took the title. First runner up was Alyssa Kimball, 15, of Stockton who attends Lincoln High School.

Other winners at the pageant included Miss Central California Regional Jennifer Humble, 19, of Lakeport and Miss Delta Valley Taylor-Page Butler, 20, of Sacramento.

More than $5,000 in scholarships were awarded to all of the newly crowned winners.

Make Valentine's Day crafts with the family

Make Valentine's Day crafts with the family

STOCKTON - On Thursday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m., the Troke Branch library will present Valentine Crafts for everyone: kids, parents, teens.

The library, located at 502 West Benjamin Holt Drive, will host two separate craft programs. Children and their families can gather to listen to Valentine stories followed by various Valentine crafts. Teens can get together to create their own versions of the holiday crafts. A display of valentine books will be on display as well.

For more information about the free event, call the library at (209) 937-8221 or visit the library's website.

Mexican Heritage Center presents Jorge Elizalde exhibit

STOCKTON - The Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery presents award winning artist Jorge Elizalde's "Imagenes Vivas" (Live Images), in which rich colors and technique depict the Mexican culture. The exhibit will be on display from Jan. 14 - Feb. 25 at the gallery located at 30 East Acacia Street. A reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m.

Imagenes Vivas represent a selection of Elizalde's recent works. "This exhibit is a small representation of the cultural traditions of Mexico," said Elizalde. "You will find my interpretations of known expressions."

His pieces of art include traditions such as Day of the Dead, natural healing and popular traditions such as the Loteria game (Mexican Bingo).

Japanese 'sho' musician to perform at UOP

Japanese 'sho' musician to perform at UOP

STOCKTON - Acclaimed Japanese sho master Ko Ishikawa from Tokyo will perform traditional and new music on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at University of the Pacific in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall on campus.

The sho is a traditional Japanese Woodwind instrument and described as incredibly expressive since it allows for the production of both single notes and full chords. Sometimes referred to as a mouth organ, it is as magical to hear the sho as it is to see it, since it almost looks like the back of miniature organ.

"Ko Ishikawa is considered to be one of the most accomploshed sho players in the world," said Francois Rose, a professor with UOP's Conservatory of Music. "He's an active member of the world-renowned Reigakusha orchestra and has performed both Japanese and Western music in concert around the world."

Tickets cost $8 per person ($7.20 online), $5 for seniors and free to UOP students with an ID.