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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.

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.

Troke library hosts 'Read Aloud' Saturdays

Troke library hosts 'Read Aloud' Saturdays

STOCKTON - Every Saturday, the Troke Branch Library will host Read Aloud Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. Children can come listen children's classic read aloud by the library's teen volunteers.

The read aloud sessions will last about 30 minutes and the chapter books will be continued week to week. The read aloud will be followed by a brief activity or craft.

The library is located at 502 West Benjamin Holt Drive. The free program is made possibly by the Friends of the Stockton Library. For more information call (209) 937-8221 or visit the library's website.


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.