What’s on tap — weekend of April 13-14

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

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: Special screening of the 1974 classic “Chinatown” coupled with Restore the Delta’s documentary, “Over Troubled Waters.” The first film, starring Jack Nicholson, is a murder mystery set in the context of the Los Angeles water wars of the early 20th century. The documentary tells the story of the contemporary dispute over water and its impact on the people of the Delta. The showing takes place at 1 p.m. at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton. $8 admission. For more information call (209) 992-8090.

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 postedhere.

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.

Friday, April 19: “Earth Day Celebration and Plant Sale.” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by the San Joaquin County Office of Education. Nearly 200 plants grown in the Redwood Greenhouse, 3555 Wilmarth Road, will be available for sale, ranging from 2-inch spider plants to 6- or 8-inch potted plants. Prices range from $1 to $12. For more information call (209) 931-4047 or email jbull@sjcoe.net. 

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 herefor 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 detailshere.

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 20: “Native Gardening Day” at the Oak Grove Nature Center, Oak Grove Regional Park. Plant salt from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; native plant gardening tips by local landscape designer Nadia Zane at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; native plant slideshow by horticulturalist David Marraccini at 3 p.m. Free with admission to park.

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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