What’s on tap — weekend of Oct. 27-28 and beyond

Saturday, Oct. 27: Guided photo walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 9 a.m. at the visitor center deck. For more details email info@cosumnes.org or call (916) 684-2816.

Saturday, Oct. 27: Seasonal wetlands walk, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Elk Grove gate west of Interstate 5. Two-mile trail to wildlife viewing platform. Free. More details and other dates here.

Monday, Oct. 29: Delta Coalition meeting. 8:30 a.m., San Joaquin Council of Governments office, Stockton. Agenda includes discussion of recent meetings with state officials, and news involving the Coalition to Support Delta Projects.

Tuesday, Oct. 30: Stockton City Council study session on Delta issues. 5:30 p.m., Council chambers, 425 N. El Dorado St. Agenda and webcast available here.

Tuesday, Oct. 30: Stockton East Water District board meeting. Agenda to be posted here.

Tuesday, Oct. 30: Presentation, “Pathways to Green Schools,” hosted by the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce. Event is designed to give businesses, educators and students ideas to make their schools and classrooms greener. Discussion will include green technology, school gardens, eco-clubs, solar energy and more. Details and registration here.

Tuesday, Oct. 30: Presentation, “Zombie Preparedness.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. I’ll just let the store describe it: “Think your emergency survival pack is ready to help you in the case of a Zombie attack? Join us for our Zombie Preparedness class to learn how to get yourself ready for the Zombie Apocalypse. We’ll cover the basics of surviving any natural disaster (or unnatural disaster) as well as the essentials of living on the move and how to rebuild after the dust has settled.” More details here.

Thursday, Nov. 1: “First-time Runners Clinic,” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Learn how to get in shape for a 5K. More details here.

Friday, Nov. 2-Sunday, Nov. 4: Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival. Details here.

Saturday, Nov. 3-Sunday, Nov. 4: Sandhill crane wetland tours at the Woodbridge Ecological Preserve. Offered the first three weekends of each month, October through February. Reservations accepted up to six weeks in advance. More details here.

Saturday, Nov. 3: Native American cave paintings tour, Lake Camanche. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hosted by East Bay MUD. Event includes 2-3 mile hike to the Canal Caves. Free, but advance registration required. More details here (pg. 12).

Saturday, Nov. 3: Stanislaus River Salmon Festival. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Knights Ferry Recreation Area, off Highway 120 about 12 miles east of Oakdale. Free. More details here.

Tuesday, Nov. 6: Stockton East Water District board meeting. Agenda to be posted here.

Wednesday, Nov. 7: California Fish and Game Commission meeting. Agenda available here.

Thursday, Nov. 8-Friday, Nov. 9: San Joaquin River Restoration Tour, hosted by the Water Education Foundation.  Learn about plans to restore flows and a salmon fishery between Friant Dam and the San Joaquin’s confluence with the Merced River. More details here.

Saturday, Nov. 10: Electronic waste collection event hosted by Onsite Electronics Recycling. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. Second location in Lodi at Central Valley Waste, 1333 E. Turner Road. Free. Collections held here the second Saturday of each month. More details here.

Saturday, Nov. 10: Seasonal wetlands walk, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Elk Grove gate west of Interstate 5. Two-mile trail to wildlife viewing platform. Free. More details and other dates here.

Saturday, Nov. 10: River walk bird count, Cosumnes River Preserve. 6:15 a.m. Meet at the visitor parking lot. More details here.

Saturday, Nov. 10-Sunday, Nov. 11: Sandhill crane wetland tours at the Woodbridge Ecological Preserve. Offered the first three weekends of each month, October through February. Reservations accepted up to six weeks in advance. More details here.

Sunday, Nov. 11: Tall forest bird count, Cosumnes River Preserve. 6:15 a.m. Meet at the farm center gate. More details here.

Tuesday, Nov. 13: Program, “Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will educate youth about responsible recreation and active stewardship. Free. More details here.

Tuesday, Nov. 13: Stockton East Water District board meeting. Agenda to be posted here.

Wednesday, Nov. 14: Delta Protection Commission meeting. Details and agenda to be posted here.

Wednesday, Nov. 14: California Water Commission meeting. Details and agenda to be posted here.

Thursday, Nov. 15-Sunday, Nov. 18: 15th annual Central Valley Birding Symposium at the Hilton Stockton. More details here.

Thursday, Nov. 15: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District board meeting. Agenda and webcast will be available here.

Friday, Nov. 16: Central Valley Flood Protection Board meeting. Agenda to be posted here.

Saturday, Nov. 17-Sunday, Nov. 18: Sandhill crane wetland tours at the Woodbridge Ecological Preserve. Offered the first three weekends of each month, October through February. Reservations accepted up to six weeks in advance. More details here.

Tuesday, Nov. 20: Stockton East Water District board meeting. Agenda to be posted here.

Saturday, Nov. 24:  Seasonal wetlands walk, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Elk Grove gate west of Interstate 5. Two-mile trail to wildlife viewing platform. Free. More details and other dates here.

Saturday, Nov. 24: Guided photo walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 9 a.m. at the visitor center deck. For more details email info@cosumnes.org or call (916) 684-2816.

Tuesday, Nov. 27: Stockton East Water District board meeting. Agenda to be posted here.

Tuesday, Nov. 27: Class, “Winter Backpacking Basics.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Free. Learn what you’ll need to camp outdoors during the winter. More details here.

Saturday, Dec. 1: Heritage garden volunteer work day, Wildermuth House, near Lake Camanche. Help prune the plants and fertilize them using bat guano from the artificial Pardee bat cave. More details here (pg. 13).

Saturday, Dec. 1: “Tune In and Tune Up” event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way in Stockton. San Joaquin Valley residents who have owned their cars for more than six months can get a free car emissions test and diagnostic inspection. The first 525 cars that do not pass the test and are believed to be repairable will receive a $500 voucher for repairs. Expect up to a two-hour wait. This is a test only; no smog certificates will be given. Sponsored by Valley Clean Air Now and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. More details here.

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