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Stockton says 'fed up' to Forbes; Celebrates city April 23

Stockton says 'fed up' to Forbes; Celebrates city April 23

STOCKTON - Standing up for their city, Stocktonians are anything but miserable. And, fed up with Forbes. In response to Forbes magazine listing Stockton as "America’s most miserable city," its people are coming together on April 23 to show this New York publication just how wrong they are. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stocktonians will gather on the historic Miracle Mile (Pacific Avenue) to celebrate Stockton.

The celebration will include sidewalk sales from local businesses, arts and crafts, live music, food, a few native Stockton celebrities, and rumors of a flash mob. Additionally, local artists will gather to paint a mural commemorating the event on the side of Kat’s Cakes, a local business on the Mile. Concluding the event will be a showing of two Stockton documentaries and a special closing ceremony announcing the Top 10 Most Miserable Magazines.

For more information contact Dr. Alan Ray at (209) 406-1221 or aray@pacific.edu.

Asparagus Festival kicks off today

Asparagus Festival kicks off today

STOCKTON - As you might have already noticed, downtown Stockton has transformed into this year's Asparagus Festival, a city-wide annual tradition. The festival will run from Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17, open 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. all three days.

Tickets for the event cost $12 for adults, $7 for college students with proper ID, $7 for teens ages 13-17, $7 for seniors and free for children ages 12 and under (with paying adults).

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FOOD

The famous Asparagus Alley returns with dozens of unique asparagus dishes to choose from. Last year, over 36,000 pounds of asparagus was enjoyed by attendees! The alley will offer everything from deep-fried asparagus, asparagus tri-tip sandwiches, asparagus burritos and pasta dishes to refreshing drinks and more.

UOP to host Brubeck Festival March 31-April 3

UOP to host Brubeck Festival March 31-April 3

STOCKTON - With the central theme of "Creativity," the 2011 Brubeck festival will feature new works by several ground-breaking performers from March 31 through April 3, including the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the first music group to win a Grammy for an album that was sold exclusively on the Internet. The celebration will close with a screening of the new Clint Eastwood documentary film about Dave Brubeck called "Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way." All performances will take place in University of Pacific's Faye Spanos Concert Hall or the Recital Hall on the Stockton campus.

Every group in the festival was chosen because of its originality, its innovation, and its musical appeal to audiences.

"One of the hallmarks of Dave Brubeck's life and career has been his creativity," said Steve Anderson, director of the Brubeck Institute.

McNerney announces Congressional Art Competition for students

McNerney announces Congressional Art Competition for students

Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) announced Tuesday the details of the 2011 Art Competition for the 11th Congressional District. The competition is part of the nationwide annual Congressional Art Competition intended to showcase the artistic talents and abilities of students in across the nation.

"I encourage high school students from throughout the 11th District to participate in this year’s Congressional Art Competition," said McNerney. "Each time I walk to the Capitol I pass by the collection of student artwork and I’m always impressed by the level of talent and quality of work. I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s entries."

Each member of Congress hosts a competition among high school students in his or her district. The winning artwork from each district is then displayed in a busy corridor that leads to the U.S. Capitol, used daily by members of Congress and visitors to Washington, D.C.

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.