What’s on tap — weekend of March 9-10 and beyond

Saturday, March 9: Electronic waste collection event. 9 a.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. Free. Hosted by Onsite Electronics Recycling.

Saturday, March 9: Mountain biking at New Melones Lake. 10 a.m., Peoria Wildlife Equestrian Staging Area on Peoria Flat Road. Discover the trails less traveled. Ride is a strenuous 10 miles. Bring your own bike and helmet. Preregistration required; call (209) 536-9094 ext. 236. More details here.

Saturday, March 9: Seasonal wetland hike at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. 9 a.m. Meet at the Elk Grove gate (Elk Grove Boulevard exit west of Interstate 5). More details here.

Saturday, March 9: Gardening class, “Lovely to look at — Delicious to eat.” 10 a.m., city of Stockton’s Delta Water Supply Project office. Hosted by San Joaquin Master Gardeners. More details and RSVP information here.

Sunday, March 10: Vernal pool guided walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. 9 a.m. Meet at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch trailhead. More details here.

Tuesday, March 12: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon, 6767 E. Main St.

Tuesday, March 12: Class, “Introduction to Paramotor Sailing.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Free. Learn about the only motorized form of aviation that is not regulated by the FAA (no license required). More details here.

Tuesday, March 12: Audubon Society meeting. 7:30 p.m., Central United Methodist Church in Stockton. Chris Conard will present on the “Spring Migration in Ohio.” More details here.

Wednesday, March 13: San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency meeting. 9 a.m., Stockton City Council chambers. More details here.

Wednesday, March 13: Delta Fly Fishers meeting. Speaker is Ken Hanley, inductee of the Federation of Fly Fishers Hall of Fame, author and photographer. Club calls him “one of the greats” of Northern California fly fishing. 7 p.m., John R. Williams School, 2450 Meadow Avenue, Stockton. More details here.

Wednesday, March 13: Annual Recycling Exposition (REXPO) IX, hosted by the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce. Learn about local green businesses, their products, services and innovations, as well as ways to advance the green economy. More details here.

Thursday, March 14: Lecture, “Mokelumne River Native Americans – Who Were They?” In his event hosted by the Lodi Lake Nature Area docents, local historian Alaina Young will talk about the first people who lived in the Mokelumne River area near Lodi and Lockeford. 7 p.m., Lodi Police Department Community Room, 215 W. Elm St. Free.

Thursday, March 14: Stockton Astronomical Society meeting. 7:30 p.m., University of the Pacific’s Olson Hall, Room 120. Christopher McKay, a planetary scientist with NASA, will talk about the search for life on other planets.

Friday, March 15: Sky tours stargazing event. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. Come peer through the telescopes of members of the Stockton Astronomical Society.

Saturday, March 16-Sunday, March 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, March 16: Guided paddle trip, Cosumnes River Preserve. Must bring your own gear and life jacket. Meet at 8:309 a.m. at visitor parking area. More details here.

Saturday, March 16: Gardening class, “Lovely to look at — Delicious to eat.” 10:30 a.m., Manteca Public Library. Hosted by San Joaquin Master Gardeners. More details and RSVP information here.

Sunday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day “pot o’ gold” hike at New Melones Lake. Follow the rainbow of clues focusing on natural resources along the 2.5-mile Heron Point loop trail. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Tuttleton Entrance Station. More details here.

Tuesday, March 19: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon, 6767 E. Main St.

Tuesday, March 19: Class, “Half Dome in a Day: Tips for a Successful Hike.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Free. 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.

Wednesday, March 20: California Water Commission meeting. 9:30 a.m. Agenda to be posted here.

Wednesday, March 20: Bay Delta Conservation Plan meeting. Discussion of new draft twin tunnels plan. Details to be posted here.

Thursday, March 21: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District meeting. 9 a.m., Fresno. Agenda and webcast to be available here.

Saturday, March 23: Seasonal wetland hike at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. 9 a.m. Meet at the Elk Grove gate (Elk Grove Boulevard exit west of Interstate 5). More details here.

Sunday, March 24: ”Mushrooms of New Melones Lake.” Search for mushrooms along easy 1-mile trail to the base of Table Mountain. Meet at 10 a.m. at the corner of Rawhide and Shell roads. More details here.

Sunday, March 24: Vernal pools guided walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch trailhead. More details here.

Monday, March 25: Sierra Club meeting. 7 p.m., Central United Methodist Church. Agenda includes screening of the film “FRESH,” about the nation’s food supply. More details here.

Tuesday, March 26: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon, 6767 E. Main St.

Tuesday, March 26: Class, “Introduction to Hiking.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Free. Learn the basics about hiking. More details here.

Thursday, March 28-Friday, March 29: Delta Stewardship Council meeting, West Sacramento. Agenda and webcast to be availablehere.

Thursday, March 28: Delta Protection Commission meeting. 5:30 p.m., Courtland Auditorium. Agenda to be posted here.

Saturday, March 30: Geocaching at New Melones Lake. Geocaching course will be set up along the 2-mile Buck Brush trail. Bring your own GPS. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Glory Hole Entrance Station. More details here.

Saturday, March 30: Electronic waste collection event, hosted by the Go Green club at Tokay High School. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tokay parking lot. Free.

Saturday, March 30: Vernal pools guided walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch trailhead. More details here.

Saturday, April 6-Sunday, April 7: 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.

Tuesday, April 9: Audubon Society meeting. 7:30 p.m., Central United Methodist Church in Stockton. John C. Robinson presents “Birding 101 (10 Secrets to Identifying Birds).” More details here.

Thursday, April 11: Lecture, “The History of California Water.” Hosted by the Lodi Lake Nature Area docents, Kristen Coon of the Stockton East Water District will talk about the state’s complicated water history, including the current proposal to build water tunnels beneath the Delta. 7 p.m., Lodi Police Department Community Room, 215 W. Elm St. Free.

Saturday, April 13: Electronic waste collection event. 9 a.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. Free. Hosted by Onsite Electronics Recycling.

Monday, April 15: Presentation, “Journey’s Journey: A Wolf and Wildlife Presentation.” Wolf Haven International will talk about “Journey” — formally known as OR-7, the first wild wolf in California in almost nine decades. 7 p.m., Stockton REI. More details here.

COMING SOON… Full slate of local Earth Day activities, including the city’s annual festival on Sunday, April 21 in Victory Park!

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