What’s on tap — weekend of May 4-5 and beyond

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.

Thursday, May 9: Stockton Astronomical Society meeting. 7:30 p.m., University of the Pacific Olson Hall Room 120. Tom Zobrist will talk about his experience at the Stewart Observatory Mirror Laboratory, where he hlped to build some ofthe world’s largest telescopes.

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.

Saturday, May 11: “Astronomy in the Park,” hosted by the Stockton Astronomical Society. Sunset, Oak Grove Regional Park. Come peer through the telescopes of club members. Free with admission to park.

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

Wednesday, May 15: California Water Commission meeting. 9:30 a.m., Sacramento. Agenda includes discussion in subsidence reversal efforts in the Delta. Webcast available. More details here.

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

Thursday, May 16-Friday, May 17: Water Education Foundation’s Flood Management Tour, beginning at the American River and traveling along the Bear, Feather and Sacramento rivers into the Delta, concluding with a look at Sacramento’s flood management system. $450 per person or $375 for two people sharing a room. More details and registration information here.

Friday, May 17: “Sky Tours” stargazing event. 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. Come peer through the telescopes of Stockton Astronomical Society members. Free.

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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