What’s on tap — weekend of April 6-7 and beyond

Earth Day events in green. Drop me a line if I’ve left anything out!

Friday, April 5: ”Nature Night” at Oak Grove Regional Park. Program: “Mammals of the Oak Grove, Past & Present” by the University of the Pacific’s Lee Christianson. Learn about grizzly bears and tule elk, among other critters. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free with $5/vehicle entrance to the park.

Saturday, April 6: “Tune In & Tune Up” free smog repair event. San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (while supplies last — show up early and expect a two-hour wait). Valley residents who have owned their cars for at least 6 months can have their emissions checked. Cars found to be in violation of smog check standards will receive a $500 voucher for repairs at a participating smog shop. No smog certificates will be given out.  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.

Saturday, April 6: Friends of the Lower Calaveras River hosts its monthly river walk. The theme for April: “Birds of the Calaveras River.” 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Old Dog Ranch east of Linden. Take Highway 26 east past the town and turn right on Escalon-Bellota Road across the river. Make an immediate left on Sheldon. Drive three miles and turn left at the sign for the ranch. Free.

Sunday, April 7: Vernal pools guided walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch trailhead. More details here.

Sunday, April 7: Hike, “Wildflowers of the Mother Lode.” 10 a.m., New Melones Lake, Glory Hole Recreation Area. Learn how to identify the wildflowers that blanket the foothills this time of year. Meet at the Glory Hole entrance station and caravan to the Angels Creek trailhead. More details here.

Sunday, April 7: Join naturalist Steve Stocking in a search for wildflowers near the overlook at New Hogan Dam. Late rains may bring out new flowers. For more details email snlsox@earthlink.net.

Tuesday, April 9: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details 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.

Tuesday, April 9: Class, “Overnight Backpacking Basics.” 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Stockton REI. Learn how to choose a pack and select proper clothing and footwear. Free. More details here.

Wednesday, April 10: Green Team San Joaquin meeting at the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce. 9 a.m. More details about the Green Team here.

Wednesday, April 10: Delta Fly Fishers general meeting. Topic: Black bass fishing. Leo Gutterres, the club’s bass expert, will speak. 7 p.m., John R. Williams School, 2450 Meadow Avenue, Stockton. Free. Call (209) 327-6161.

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.

Thursday, April 11: Public meeting about the Great California Delta Trail. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg. Learn about plans to build a system of trails through the Delta. More details here.

Thursday, April 11: Stockton Astronomical Society meeting featuring guest speaker Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, commander of the Apollo 10 mission. 7:30 p.m., at the University of the Pacific’s Biological Sciences Center, in classroom Bio 101. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 11: “Wild and Scenic Film Festival” at the University of the Pacific. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wendell Phillips Center No. 140. Theme: “A Climate of Change.” Free and open to the public. More details here.

Friday, April 12: “Sky Tours” hosted by the Stockton Astronomical Society. 8:30 p.m. to 10 :30 p.m. at the San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. Come peer at the night sky through telescopes provided by astronomers. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 13: Electronic waste collection event. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Boyd Service Center, 520 Tracy Blvd., Gate No. 1. Hosted by Onsite Electronics Recycling.

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

Saturday, April 13: 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, April 13: Vernal pools guided walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch trailhead. More details here.

Saturday, April 13: San Joaquin Master Gardeners class, “The War on Weeds.” 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., city of Stockton Delta Water Supply Project office. Call (209) 953-6100. More details here.

Saturday, April 13: “Astronomy in the Park,” Oak Grove Nature Center. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Members of the Stockton Astronomical Society will set up telescopes for stargazing. Free, with park entrance fee of $6 per car. More details here.

Sunday, April 14: Audubon Society field trip to Buckley Cove, at the west end of March Lane. Learn about this “small but productive” birding area. 8 a.m.

Sunday, April 14: Hike to “Gee Whiz” Point, New Melones Lake. Walk along old Sierra Railroad tracks. Meet at the New Melones Visitor Center at 10 a.m. More details here.

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.

Tuesday, April 16: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Wednesday, April 17: California Fish and Game Commission meeting. Santa Rosa. Agenda to be posted here.

Wednesday, April 17: California Water Commission meeting. 9:30 a.m., Sacramento. Webcast available and agenda to be posted here.

Wednesday, April 17: Lecture by Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation. 7:30 p.m. at the University of the Pacific’s Long Theater. Free. More details about Schlosser here.

Thursday, April 18: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District meeting. 9 a.m., Fresno. Webcast available and agenda to be posted here.

Friday, April 19: Fashion, art and music “EcoShow.” 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., University of the Pacific South Campus near the Ted and Chris Robb Garden. 

Saturday, April 20: Full slate of Earth Day activities at Yosemite National Park. Interpretive walks, trash pickup projects, electric waste collection, a sustainable salad bar and even Earth Day cupcakes and lemonade. Plus an Earth Day bike ride the day before. Click here for all events and times. Also free admission starting April 22 (see below).

Saturday, April 20: Earth Day activities in Manteca. Free shredding of personal documents, free compost (first-come, first-served), and free electronic waste collection. 210 E. Wetmore. Manteca residents only. More details here.

Saturday, April 20: Beautification Day in Lathrop. Meet at Valverde Park at 8:30 a.m. and help spruce up the area. More details here.

Saturday, April 20: “City-wide” garage sale (east of Tracy Boulevard) in Tracy. Get someone else to buy your stuff instead of tossing it in the trash. More details here.

Saturday, April 20: Day use fee waived at New Melones Lake Tuttletown and Glory Hole recreation areas. More details here.

Saturday, April 20: San Joaquin Master Gardeners class, “The War on Weeds.” 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Manteca Public Library. Call (209) 953-6100. More details here.

Saturday, April 20-Sunday, April 21: 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.

Sunday, April 21: Earth Day Festival at Stockton’s Victory Park. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 25th anniversary edition! Complete schedule of events available here.

Sunday, April 21: Vernal pools guided walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch trailhead. More details here.

Monday, April 22-Friday, April 27: Free admission at Yosemite National Park in honor of National Park Week. More details and other “free” dates here.

Tuesday, April 23: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Tuesday, April 23: Presentation, “Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Explorer, educator and photographer  Ben Lehman will talk about his thru-hike on the 2,663-mile PCT from Mexico to Canada in 2008. More details here.

Saturday, April 27: National Drug Take Back Day. Collection planned at Tracy City Hall parking lot, 324 E. 11th St. Will update this post with other collection points as they’re announced. More details here.

Saturday, April 27: Calaveras Big Trees State Park seminar, “Our Past Through the Trees,” presented by biology professor Nancy Muleady Mecham. Learn about how trees grow and what they can tell us about the past. 10 a.m. to noon in Jack Knight Hall. Free, with admission to the park. To learn more call (209) 795-3840 or click here.

Saturday, April 27: Vernal pools guided walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch trailhead. More details here.

Saturday, April 27: 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, April 28: Join the San Joaquin Bicycle Coalition on a 50-kilometer or 100-kilometer ride through the Lodi wine country and the Mother Lode. More details here.

 Sunday, April 28: Kayak trip on Coyote Creek at New Melones Lake. The four-hour trip is described as strenuous. Bring your own kayak or other non-motorized boat, plus life jacket. Pre-registration required; call (209) 536-9094 ext. 236. Meet at the New Melones Lake Visitor Center at 10 a.m. More details here.

Tuesday, April 30: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Tuesday, April 30: Class, “Triathlon Basics — Try a Tri?” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Learn how to get started on training for a triathlon. More details here.

Friday, May 3: Presentation, “Living With Rattlesnakes.” 7 p.m., Oak Grove Nature Center at Oak Grove Regional Park. Biologist Mike Cardwell will talk about the natural history of rattlesnakes and how best to avoid them. Free with entrance to park. More details here.

Saturday, May 4: Calaveras Big Trees State Park seminar, “Large Carnivores of Big Trees State Park,” presented by San Joaquin Delta College instructor Paul Ustach. Learn about coyotes, bobcat, mountain lion and wolverine. 10 a.m. to noon in Jack Knight Hall. Free, with admission to the park. To learn more call (209) 795-3840 or click here.

Tuesday, May 7: Class, “Road Cycling Basics.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Find out what to look for when purchasing a new road bike, and where you can ride. More details here.

Saturday, May 11: Electronic waste collection event. 9 a.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. Free. Hosted by Onsite Electronics Recycling.

Saturday, May 18: “Walk on the Wildside!” festival at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge west of Elk Grove. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More details here.

Thursday, May 23: Delta Protection Commission meeting. 5:30 p.m. Location TBD. Agenda to be posted here.

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