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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.

Red Cross to open new Stockton office

Red Cross to open new Stockton office


STOCKTON - The American Red Cross will celebrate the opening of its new Stockton office located at 2453 Grand Canal Boulevard, Suite 5, on Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The Capital Region Chapter of the Red Cross will host the ribbon cutting and open house. Stockton mayor Ann Johnston has been invited to attend.

"This is an exciting time to be at the American Red Cross and in this community," said Dawn Lindblom, CEO of the Capital Region Chapter.

Second Annual 5K Run/Walk for Wellness at St. Joseph's

STOCKTON - St. Joseph's Medical Center and In-Shape Health Clubs will host its second 5K Fun Run/Walk for Wellness on Saturday, Jan. 22 beginning at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph's University Park located at 1800 North California Street. The event encourages participants of all ages to live an active and healthy lifestyle in 2011.

"We were pleased with the turnout at our first event last January," said Michael Ricks, St. Joseph's CEO. "We're hoping we can double, or even triple, the number of participants this year."

The entry fee of $30 must be submitted by Jan. 20. Children under the age of 10 may particpate for $10 and each child will receive a medal courtesy of Fleet Feet Stockton. To register or for more information, call (209) 467-6347.

Proceeds from this year's event will benefit the St.