What’s on tap – your complete Earth Day calendar, and beyond

(You may notice a floating box obscuring three or four of the entries on this calendar. That is what we would call a 6:15 p.m.-on-a-Friday-problem that can’t be fixed right away. That, or there are certain Earth Day events the government just doesn’t want you to know about.

Anyway, sorry. Hope to fix this soon. In the meantime, the box might disappear if you use Firefox or Chrome. Events specific to Earth Day are highlighted in green. Check back, because I may add more events. And if you know of any that aren’t listed here - drop me a line!)

Saturday, April 7: Audubon Society field trip for new birders. Meet at 8 a.m. at the north end of Laurel Avenue. More details here.

Saturday, April 7: Vernal pool walk at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch Trail, off Highway 104 and Twin Cities Road. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the trailhead. $10 per vehicle to enter Rancho Seco Recreation Area. More details here.

Monday, April 9: Delta Coalition meeting. 8:30 a.m., San Joaquin Council of Governments, 555 E. Weber Avenue.

Monday, April 9: Central Valley Flood Protection Plan hearing in Stockton. 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Avenue. Purpose of meeting to gather public comments on the recently released plan. More details here.

Tuesday, April 10: Cycling class, “How to Fix a Flat.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Free. More details here.

Tuesday, April 10: Presentation, “Butterflies of the Central Valley,” presented by Audubon Society San Joaquin. 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church in Stockton. More details here.

Wednesday, April 11: Green Team San Joaquin meeting. 9 a.m., Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, 445 W. Weber Avenue, Suite 220. Presentations include a look at Stockton’s Climate Action Plan. For more details email fferral@stocktonchamber.org.

Saturday, April 14: Friends of the Lower Calaveras River walk. 10 a.m., second-floor deck of the DeRose Student Center, University of the Pacific. Betsy Reifsnider, director of the Catholic Charities’ Environmental Justice program, will talk about faith and stewardship.

Saturday, April 14: Free electronic waste collection by Onsite Electronics.  9 a.m. to 1 p.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. More details here.

Sunday, April 15: Audubon Society field trip, Calaveras County foothill wildflowers. Meet at 8 a.m. at the day use area parking lot along the Calaveras River below Camanche Dam. More details here.

Saturday, April 15: Vernal pool walk at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch Trail, off Highway 104 and Twin Cities Road. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the trailhead. $10 per vehicle to enter Rancho Seco Recreation Area. More details here.

Tuesday, April 17: High Sierra adventure presentation, “Sierra to Mt. Whitney.” Co-founders of the Trans-Sierra Xtreme Challenge Chris Casado and Mike Murphy will discuss their favorite trans-Sierra adventure, a 75-mile journey across Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks to the summit of Mt. Whitney. More details here.

Tuesday, April 17: Earth Day information booth at Tracy City Hall from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free giveaways and information for residents. More details here.

Wednesday, April 18:Audubon Society field trip, Kiln Canyon hummingbirds west of Tracy. Meet at 7 a.m. in the parking lot at Toot Sweets near March Lane and Quail Lakes Drive to carpool, or meet at 8 a.m. at Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area southwest of Tracy. More details here.

Wednesday, Apri 18: California Water Commission meeting. 9:30 a.m., California Resources Building, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento. Webcast available here. Agenda includes update on Bay Delta Conservation Plan by Deputy Resources Secretary Jerry Meral.

Wednesday, April 18: San Joaquin County Advisory Water Commission meeting. 1 p.m., county Public Health conference room, 1601 E. Hazelton Avenue in Stockton. Agenda to be posted here.

Thursday, April 19: Stockton Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee meeting. 8:15 a.m., Stewart-Eberhardt Building Room 166. Agenda includes further discussion of the city’s draft climate plan.

Thursday, April 19: “State of Our Rivers” symposium in Stockton. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., San Joaquin Council of Governments, 555 E. Weber St., Stockton. More details here.

Thursday, April 19: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District board meeting. 9 a.m., Fresno. Agenda and webcast to be available here.

Thursday, April 19: San Joaquin Delta College Earth Day event. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the college quad and at Danner Hall. Information, free recycled materials, organic food, hybrid cars on display. More details here.

Friday, April 20: University of the Pacific “Green Fashion Show.” 6 p.m., DeRosa University Center lawn. Students will show off fashion creations made from recyclable materials. More details here.

Friday, April 20: Lecture by Annie Leonard, creator of the viral video “The Story of Stuff.” 7 p.m., DeRosa University Center ballroom. Free. More details here.

Saturday, April 21: Citywide garage sale, Tracy. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., west of Tracy Boulevard. Event supports reuse and recycling of furntiure, appliances, electronics and other household items. More details here.

Saturday, April 21: Vernal pool walk at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch Trail, off Highway 104 and Twin Cities Road. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the trailhead. $10 per vehicle to enter Rancho Seco Recreation Area. More details here.

Saturday, April 21: Audubon Society bird census at Woodbridge Wilderness Area. 8 a.m. Meet at the north end of Meadowlark Lane. More details here.

Saturday, April 21- Sunday, April 29: Entrance fees waived at Yosemite National Park. Numerous Earth Day-related events, including family bike rides and a live dramatization of The Lorax. Full schedule of events here.

Sunday, April 22: Stockton Earth Day Festival. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Victory Park. Complete schedule of activities available here.

Sunday, April 22: Audubon Society bird census at Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery. 8 a.m. Meet at the hatchery parking lot near Camanche Dam. More details here.

Monday, April 23: Sierra Club meeting. 7 p.m., Central United Methodist Church in Stockton. Part II of a film, “Home,” will be shown.

Tuesday, April 24: Class, “Cycling the Wine Roads of Lodi.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Free. More details here.

Wednesday, April 25: Little Hoover Commission hearing on the proposed shifting of the Delta Stewardship Council to the state Resources Agency. 9 a.m., Employment Development Department Auditorium, 722 Capitol Mall, Sacramento. More details here.

Thursday, April 26: Delta Stewardship Council meeting. Details to be posted here.

Friday, April 27: Sky Tours astronomy event hosted by the Stockton Astronomical Society. 8:30 p.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. More details here.

Saturday, April 28: Lathrop Beautification Day. 8 a.m. to noon at the Lathrop Community Center, 15557 Fifth St. More details here.

Saturday, April 28: Public Star Party at Oak Grove Regional Park. Hosted by the Stockton Astronomical Society. Starts at sunset. More details here.

Saturday, April 28: Oak Grove Bug Festival. Details to be announced.

Saturday, April 29: Vernal pool walk at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch Trail, off Highway 104 and Twin Cities Road. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the trailhead. $10 per vehicle to enter Rancho Seco Recreation Area. More details here.

Sunday, April 29: Audubon Society field trip to the Stockton Rural Cemetery. Meet Jim Rowoth at the office inside the gates at 8 a.m. More details here.

Wednesday, May 2: Delta Levee Standards Conference, sponsored by the Water Education Foundation and the Delta Protection Commission. 8 a.m., the Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento. Draft agenda here. Registration information here.

Saturday, May 5: Presentation on the “Bears of Calaveras Big Trees State Park.” Although not seen often, bears are a popular animal at Big Trees. Delta College biology instructor Paul Ustach will talk about them. 10 a.m. to noon, Jack Knight Hall at Calaveras Big Trees east of Arnold. The seminar is free but admission to the park is $8 per car. More details here.

Saturday, May 19: Butterfly presentation at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Jim Mori of Sonora will share his expertise and interest. 10 a.m. to noon, Jack Knight Hall at Calaveras Big Trees east of Arnold. The program is free but admission to the park costs $8 per car. More details here.

Monday, May 21: Sierra Club meeting. 7 p.m., Central United Methodist Church in Stockton. Advocacy group Restore the Delta will talk about issues facing the estuary.

Thursday, May 24-Friday, May 25: Flood management tour hosted by the Water Education Foundation. The two-day tour will explore flood threats on the lower San Joaquin River near Stockton. More details and registration information here.

Sunday, June 3: California Native Plant Society field trip to view spring wildflowers at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the picnic area on the creek behind Jack Knight Hall. To learn more call (209) 754-9029 or email snlsox@earthlink.org.

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