University Park World Peace Rose Garden Dedication Today

Today from 12:30 pm - 2 pm is the dedication for the new World Peace Rose Garden in Stockton at University Park (Magnolia and American/enter University Park from California Street at Magnolia). Stockton's World Peace Rose Garden is the latest in a series of rose gardens around the world.  Come »»Read Full Post

Readers Photo Challenge: Return calls

Our latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment, cellphone photography, is an encore of one we did in 2013. The results of that one was impressive and this one did not disappoint. Cellphones and the pictures that we take with them are as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. They have replaced »»Read Full Post

Joe's Health Calendar

COMMUNITY EVENTS  Zika Public Awareness Symposium in Davis May 26 (Thursday) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: The University of California, Davis, invites the public to a Zika virus symposium featuring university experts and others from Brazil, the epicenter of the outbreak. Admission is free to the Zika Public Awareness Symposium, organized »»Read Full Post

Dirk Hamilton gets double shots of non-‘Depression’

Dirk Hamilton get two shots of non-‘Depression’ When it’s a matter of music, too many people in Stockton, don’t seem to care. Or believe. Then they complain. Well, rare is the non-Stocktonian who’s unable to recognize – or legitimize - the exceptional American music created by Lincoln High School graduate »»Read Full Post

Seattle’s nearby western Washington gems…

Snoqualmie Falls and John Wayne Pioneer Trail, Mt. Rainier/Mt. St. Helens and Olympic Peninsula... OK, you’re planning a vacation in the Seattle area.  Once you've seen the top tourist draws of this lovely city (Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, the piers, aquarium and Ferris wheel along Elliott Bay, »»Read Full Post

Mayor unveils "Operation: Safety Net" homeless plan at City Council meeting

The council is meeting tonight. I was handed a copy of Mayor Anthony Silva's homelessness plan a little while ago. You can view it here.  »»Read Full Post

Merlo Institute senior a finalist in app competition; fan voting open

Merlo Institute of Environmental Technology senior Luis Torres has been announced as one of six winners in the Lenovo Scholar Network Mobile App Development Competition. Torres created “The QMT Translator” app that translates text to speech and speech to text within seconds. His app beat apps from 29 other schools »»Read Full Post

Keeping weeds under control

Last week I wrote about some of the weeds and invasive plants I have had to deal with. This week I will present some ways of dealing with weeds in your gardens. One of the most important ways to deal with weeds is to keep them from going to seed. »»Read Full Post

Rhone lovers benefit from unique partnership

PASO ROBLES – The signpost pointing to the entrance of the tasting room reads 9 yards away. Pointing in the opposite direction, the sign reads Domaine de Beucastel, 9,009 kilometers away. The two locales seemed much closer in proximity after sampling some of the Rhone varietals at Tablas Creek Vineyard »»Read Full Post

In defense of stripers

Striped bass "are not the problem" in the Delta, writes California native fish expert Peter Moyle and other experts with the U.C. Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. South-of-Delta water users have long said that it makes no sense for the state to maintain fishing limits on stripers, because the fish are »»Read Full Post