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

Saturday, April 27: National Drug Take Back Day. Get rid of old prescription drugs by dropping them off for free, ensuring that they will never end up in the environment. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Collections planned at the following locations: University of the Pacific Police Department, 757 Brookside Road; Arnold Rue Community Center, 5758 Lorraine Avenue; Rite Aid, 6455 Lorraine Avenue; Lathrop City Hall, 390 Towne Center Drive; Garden Acres Community Center, 607 S. Bird Avenue in Stockton; Tracy City Hall parking lot, 324 E. 11th St. 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: San Joaquin Master Gardeners workshop, “Common garden pests.” 2 p.m., Lodi Library. Free. More details 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: Joint committee hearing on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. 9:30 a.m., state Capitol, Room 112.

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.

Saturday, May 4-Sunday, May 5: Woodbridge Wilderness Area open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The area is typically open the first and third weekends of each month. Explore a quarter-mile of Mokelumne River frontage. Free More details here.

Sunday, May 5: Vernal pools guided walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch trailhead. More details here.

Sunday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo history hike. 10 a.m., Duchess Mine Trail, New Melones Lake. Learn about the trials and tribulations that Hispanic miners faced during the California Gold Rush. This is a strenuous 3.5-mile hike to the top of Table Mountain. Meet at the parking area on the Calaveras County side of the Parrotts Ferry Bridge. More details here.

Monday, May 6: Campaign for Common Ground meeting. 7 p.m., Family Resource and Referral Center, 509 W. Weber Avenue. Guest speaker is City Councilman Michael Tubbs. Discussion will also include the proposed expansion of Forward Landfill.

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.

Tuesday, May 7: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Wednesday, May 8: Green Team San Joaquin business coalition meeting. Learn about Stockton Unified’s plan to develop 5.1 megawatts of solar power at 18 schools. 9 a.m., Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, 555 E. Weber. For more information email fferral@stocktonchamber.org.

Wednesday, May 8: Delta Fly Fishers meeting. 7 p.m., John R. Williams School, 2450 Meadow Avenue in Stockton. Brian Bommarito of the Redding Fly Shop will speak about the lower Sacramento River. 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 11: Vernal pools guided walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch trailhead. More details here.

Saturday, May 11: Hike on the Natural Bridges trail at New Melones. 10 a.m. Moderate to strenuous. Meet in the parking lot off Parrotts Ferry Road. More details here.

Tuesday, May 14: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Thursday, May 16: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District meeting. Agenda and webcast to be available here.

Saturday, May 18-Sunday, May 19: Woodbridge Wilderness Area open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The area is typically open the first and third weekends of each month. Explore a quarter-mile of Mokelumne River frontage. Free More detailshere.

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.

Saturday, May 18: Search for jumping frogs in a kayak trip up Angels Creek inlet at New Melones Lake. 10 a.m., Angels Creek Boat Launch, Glory Hole Recreation Area. Expect to be out for three hours. Bring your own equipment. Pre-register by calling (209) 536-9094. More details here.

Sunday, May 19: Guided paddle trip. Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the visitor parking area. Bring your own gear. More details here.

Tuesday, May 21: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

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

Thursday, May 23: San Joaquin Master Gardeners workshop, “Raising Backyard Chickens.” 7 p.m., Lodi Public Library, 201 W. Locust St. Free. More details here.

Saturday, May 25: Guided photo walk. 9 a.m., Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at the visitor center deck and bring a camera. More details here.

Tuesday, May 28: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Saturday, June 1-Sunday, June 2: Woodbridge Wilderness Area open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The area is typically open the first and third weekends of each month. Explore a quarter-mile of Mokelumne River frontage. Free More detailshere.

Friday, June 7: Presentation, “Water Bugs Live!” 7 p.m., Oak Grove Regional Park. Donnie Ratcliff with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will talk about insects native to the Mokelumne River and other streams and rivers. Plus you can pick up some fly fishing tips. Free with $5 vehicle entrance fee to the park. More details here.

Saturday, June 8: Electronic waste collection event. 9 a.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. Free. Hosted by Onsite Electronics Recycling.

Saturday, June 15-Sunday, June 16: Woodbridge Wilderness Area open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The area is typically open the first and third weekends of each month. Explore a quarter-mile of Mokelumne River frontage. Free More detailshere.

Saturday, June 22-Sunday, June 23: Great American Backyard Campout. Mass camp-out at Oak Grove Regional Park. More details here.

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