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Railroad museum invites guests to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day weekend

Railroad museum invites guests to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day weekend

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation invites guests to celebrate dad on Father’s Day weekend with memorable steam train ride and even first-class service aboard an air-conditioned vintage lounge car on June 18 & 19, 2016. All weekend long, guests can enjoy excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad pulled by the recently restored and popular vintage steam locomotive Granite Rock 10.

Steam train ride guests delight in the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic, historic locomotive as it rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River for a six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion. Appealing to all ages, the experience offers guests the chance to enjoy train travel from an earlier era. The train features a combination of vintage closed coaches with comfortable seats or VIP train ride experiences onboard the Museum’s beautifully restored first class El Dorado lounge car.

CITRUS! SOME FOR YOU, SOME TO SHARE.

CITRUS! SOME FOR YOU, SOME TO SHARE.

It is citrus season, and I am so excited because my little one year old Meyer lemon tree has four lemons on it!  They will be ready to pick soon.  Our 40-year old orange tree is full and ready to harvest.

Hand In Hand

Hand In Hand

Every year there are many Asian celebrations with roots from South Stockton, each featuring a distinct culture – the Chinese New Year Parade and Festival, the Cambodian New Year Celebration, the Obon Festival, the Barrio Fiesta, Hmong New Year to name a few.

This Saturday, June 6, the cultures come together in an Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration known as Hand in Hand which is a collaboration between the Central Valley Asian American Chamber of Commerce (CVACC) and the Haggin Museum.  The event takes place at the Haggin starting at 12:30 pm.  See the schedule below:

(Museum Entrance)

12:30 pm – Stockton Bukkyo Taiko

(Haggin Room)

1 pm – Welcome messages

1:15 pm – Pacific Islander Dance Performance (Te Ihi O Te Ara Nui)

1:30 pm – Chinese Cinderella Theater Performance (Red Dragon Youth Theater/Edison High School Chinese Club)

2 pm – Hmong Dance Group (Hmong International Culture Institute)

Celtic Woman 10th Anniversary World Tour

Celtic Woman 10th Anniversary World Tour

For ten years the music group Celtic Woman has been delighting audiences everywhere. Now is your chance to experience the magical sights and sounds for yourself.  The 10th Anniversary World Tour is coming to the Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main Street, this Friday, May 29th at 7:30PM. The concert will include a wealth of Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary pop songs accompanied by Celtic violin, a full band, the Anotas Choir, bagpipers and Irish dancers. Don’t miss this unforgettable celebration. For ticket info link here

Summer ArtSplash Returns

Summer ArtSplash Returns

The Summer ArtSplash (a free self-guided tour of downtown Stockton venues filled with art) is returning for its 4th year this Friday, May 8 from 5 pm – 8 pm.  The ArtSplash takes place on the second Friday of May - October.   Other dates are Friday, June 12; Friday, July 10; Friday, August 14; Friday, September 11 and Friday, October 9. 

Charter Schools Gain Momentum in San Joaquin County

Charter Schools Gain Momentum in San Joaquin County

Year after year, we see more parents demanding high quality school choice options for their children. Current enrollment numbers tell us that an estimated 547,800 students are enrolled in charter public schools across the state for the 2014-15 school year. Charter enrollment grew by an estimated 33,525 increase this year. This growth pattern isn’t limited to student enrollment in existing charter schools, in fact there are 87 new charter schools that opened their doors this year, bringing the total number of charters in California to 1,184.  Despite the growth and momentum, charter school students only represent about 7% of California’s student population.  Yet according to a number of polls and studies conducted in recent years a majority of parents feel charter schools do a better job than traditional public schools. 

Celebrate The Earth

Celebrate The Earth

For eight years Disneynature has created films released for Earth Day.  Seeing these films has become a favorite tradition for my husband and I.  This year’s movie opens on Friday, April 17 and is called Monkey Kingdom.  Part of the proceeds from attending opening week goes to protecting monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.  Watching Monkey Kingdom this week is something simple and enjoyable you can do while helping our endangered friends.