Author Archives: Jo Ann Kirby

Jo Ann Kirby

I am a working mom who is married with three children in school. Trying to balance family, work, church, fitness and all of our kids' activities is an adventure!

Fans of Esther

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Esther Peterson of Manteca. The 83-year-old matriach of an extended Greek-American family in Manteca has Stage 4 lung cancer. To cheer her up, Peterson’s daughters started a fan page on Facebook. Their goal? To attract 1,000 fans to a page featuring a collection of photographs spanning Peterson’s […]

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Help out a family

The Deg family’s life changed when Derek Deg was hit in the temple with a softball recently. After brain surgery, he is recuperating at home and beginning physical therapy. His wife, Jen, a preschool teacher at Snell’s Pre Kindergarten School is home caring for him. Whirlow’s, a local Stockton restaurant, is holding a fundraiser for […]

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Visiting Santa

There’s a great mommy debate taking place on Facebook today, regarding the best Santa in town. Is it mall Santa? Or Lincoln Center Santa? The question is valid. After all, you are letting your precious child sit on a stranger’s lap. Santa has to have a genuine beard, be nicely groomed, and have a clean […]

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Christmas cheer

Friday was so much fun. I took a vacation day to work in my daughter’s kindergarten classroom where we made gingerbread houses — 32 of them to be exact. Our tools? milk cartons (recycled from the cafeteria), graham crackers, lots and lots of frosting, and a lot of candy! And, most importantly, a glue gun. […]

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Three for free

If you are like most parents, you love when there are free activities in the community that are family friendly. Here are three for free this weekend! Saturday, Nov. 20, is the annual Trout Bout in Oak Grove Regional Park. It starts at 6:15 a.m. at the park’s 10-acre lake. Today, the lake was stocked […]

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Stockton Half Marathon

What a fun day! The Stockton Half Marathon could not have possibly taken place on a more beautiful day! The weather was gorgeous! Kudos to the organizers for a great course! And to the volunteers and the Stockton Police Department for keeping all the traffic safe for runners! This event was a great showcase for […]

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Stockton Half Marathon

Ready or not, the Stockton Half Marathon is Sunday. I’ve signed up. Have you? Registration is open until 3 p.m. Saturday. Type SHM2010 into the promo code box, hit apply and you can save $10 when you register online at www.active.com. The weather is supposed to be about 70 degrees and mostly sunny — perfect […]

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Half marathon training

One of the things that is great about training with a group, is the tips you get from the coaches. Today, I received my first email with tips on proper form. It was a great reminder. I don’t really enjoy running. I’m not sure why I do it, except for the sense of accomplishment I […]

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Sunday Sundaes

Lynn Beck, dean of UOP’s School of Education, always throws great literacy events for children that are FREE. This Sunday, the School of Ed is teaming up with the San Joaquin County Reading Association to host Sunday Sundaes. Children’s author Erin Dealey will be on hand to narrate one of her books. The Placerville woman […]

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Run, run, run

Last night, a throng of runners and walkers gathered for our first speed workout as part of Fleet Feet Stockton’s Half-Marathon Training Group. It was quite a crowd. Neighbors peeked out their windows. Basketball players stopped their hoops games. And dog walkers looked wary. A series of stretches had me in stitches thanks to the […]

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