What’s on tap — weekend of Jan. 19-20 and beyond

I’m gone Friday to celebrate the birthday of my mother and my wife.

Wait a sec… that didn’t sound right. Let me try again:

My mother and my wife share the same birthday, and I’ll be celebrating with them on Friday.

Anyway, um, here’s the weekly calendar.

Friday, Jan. 18: Sky Tours astronomy event at the Shima 2 parking lot of San Joaquin Delta College. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The public is invited to meet with members of the Stockton Astronomical Society and peer through their scopes for a glimpse of the heavens. Free.

Saturday, Jan. 19: San Joaquin Master Gardeners workshop, “Making the Cut.” Learn how to prune landscape trees and shrubs, including roses and fruit trees. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Manteca Library, 320 W. Center St. Free. To register call (209) 953-6100. More details here.

Saturday, Jan. 19: Tall forest bird count, Cosumnes River Preserve. 7 a.m. Meet at the farm center gate. More details and other eventshere.

Saturday, Jan. 19-Sunday, Jan. 20: 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, Jan. 19-Sunday, Jan. 20: Woodbridge Wilderness Area open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Open to birdwatchers at 8 a.m. Saturday. Explore this riparian area along a quarter-mile of the Mokelumne River. More details, including a map,here.

Monday, Jan. 21: Free admission at Yosemite National Park in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. More details here.

Tuesday, Jan. 22: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Tuesday, Jan. 22: Presentation, “Walking the Camino de Santiago.” Geoff Seifert shares his story about his 1,000-mile walk along this ancient pilgrimage. 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Free. More details here.

Wednesday, Jan. 23: Delta Coalition meeting. 8:30 a.m. at the San Joaquin Council of Governments. Agenda includes discussion of Delta Plan and engineer Robert Pyke’s alternative to Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan.

Thursday, Jan. 24: Delta Protection Commission meeting. 5:30 p.m., location to be determined. Agenda to be posted here.

Saturday, Jan. 26: Friends of the Lower Calaveras hosts its monthly river walk, “Winter on the River: Calaveras through the seasons.” 10 a.m. near the University of the Pacific footbridge.

Saturday, Jan. 26: City of Galt hosts its sixth annual Winter Bird Festival. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., McCaffrey Middle School, 997 Park Terrace Drive. Tours, workshops and presentations are scheduled. More details here.

Saturday, Jan. 26: Guided photo walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. 9 a.m. Meet at the visitor center deck. More details here.

Sunday, Jan. 27: Sandhill crane tour, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 3:30 p.m. at the visitor center deck. More details and other events here.

Monday, Jan. 28: Sierra Club meeting. ”Hiking the Camino de Santiago.” Susan Alcorn will present a digital slide show of her five-week 500-mile trek along Spain’s ancient pilgrimage. 7 p.m., Central United Methodist Church. Free. More details here.

Tuesday, Jan. 29: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Tuesday, Jan. 29: Avalanche Awareness Class. 7 p.m.,  Stockton REI. Free. More details here.

Wednesday, Jan. 30: Public meeting on plan to reintroduce salmon to the San Joaquin River. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., 645 7th St., Los Banos. Legal notice here.

Saturday, Feb. 2-Sunday, Feb. 3: Woodbridge Wilderness Area open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Open to birdwatchers at 8 a.m. Saturday. Explore this riparian area along a quarter-mile of the Mokelumne River. More details, including a map, here.

Wednesday, Feb. 6-Thursday, Feb. 7: California Fish and Game Commission meeting in Sacramento. Agenda to be posted here.

Saturday, Feb. 9: San Joaquin Master Gardeners workshop, “Making Every Drip Count.” Learn about drip irrigation, including a hands-on demonstration on how to assemble a system. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the city of Stockton’s Delta Water Supply Project, 11373 N. Lower Sacramento Road. To register call (209) 953-6100. More details here.

Saturday, Feb. 16-Sunday, Feb. 17: Woodbridge Wilderness Area open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Open to birdwatchers at 8 a.m. Saturday. Explore this riparian area along a quarter-mile of the Mokelumne River. More details, including a map, here.

Saturday, Feb. 16: San Joaquin Master Gardeners workshop, “Making Every Drip Count.” Learn about drip irrigation, including a hands-on demonstration on how to assemble a system. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Manteca Library, 320 W. Center St. To register call (209) 953-6100. More details here.

Monday, Feb. 25: Sierra Club meeting. Topic: Hiking Half Dome. Join Rick Deutsch to learn about equipment, permits and all the other things you’ll need to know. 7 p.m., Central United Methodist Church. More details here.

Wednesday, March 20: Annual “State of Our Rivers Symposium” at the San Joaquin Council of Governments. Learn more about issues facing the Mokelumne, Stanislaus, Calaveras and San Joaquin rivers. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. More details here.

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