What’s on tap — weekend of Oct. 5-6 and beyond

Friday, Oct. 4: Learn about efforts to protect riparian brush rabbits at a 7 p.m. talk at the Oak Grove Nature Center. Program is free, with $5 parking fee at Oak Grove Regional Park. Learn more about the rabbits here.

Saturday, Oct. 5-Sunday, Oct. 6: Woodbridge Wilderness Area open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The area is typically open the first three weekends of each month. Explore a quarter-mile of Mokelumne River frontage. Free. More details here.

Tuesday, Oct. 8: Sierra Club and Audubon Society meeting, “Wetlands and Waterbirds in the Central Valley: Two Centuries of Loss and Recovery.” 7 p.m., Central United Methodist Church. More details here.

Tuesday, Oct. 8: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Wedneday, Oct. 9: Green Team San Joaquin meeting, 9 a.m., Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce. The green team is a coalition of businesses seeking environmentally friendly solutions that also save money. More details here.

Thursday, Oct. 10: Lodi Lake Nature Area docent lecture, “What’s Up With Reptiles?” Jay Bell, Lodi Unified’s science curriculum specialist, will talk about misunderstood reptiles. 7 p.m., Lodi Police Department Community Room.

Thursday, Oct. 10: Stockton Astronomical Society meeting. Theme: “Sixty Years of Astronomy and ATM” (amateur telescope maker). Tom Osypowski will talk about how to build your own telescope. 7:30 p.m., Olson Room 120 at the University of the Pacific.

Saturday, Oct. 12: Program, “75 Years of Change in Yosemite Subalpine Vegetation Plots,” at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. San Jose State’s Jerry Smith will talk about ongoing ecological research at Yosemite. 10 a.m. to noon. Free, with entrance to the park. More details here.

Saturday, Oct. 12: Electronic waste recycling event, 9 a.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. Hosted by Onsite Electronics Recycling. Free. Dispose of old televisions and other electronics. More details here.

Saturday, Oct. 12: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation hosts ”C.A.S.T. for Kids” fishing day at New Melones Lake. The C.A.S.T. program (Catch a Special Thrill) gives special-needs children a chance to catch a fish. To volunteer or to register your child, contact Cynthia Watson at creppond@usbr.gov or call (209) 536-9094 ext. 217.

Saturday, Oct. 12: Stockton Astronomical Society hosts “Astronomy in the Park.” Sundown, Oak Grove Regional Park. Come peer through the scopes of real astronomers. Free, with the park’s $5 parking fee.

Saturday, Oct. 12-Sunday, Oct. 13: Woodbridge Wilderness Area open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The area is typically open the first three weekends of each month. Explore a quarter-mile of Mokelumne River frontage. Free. More details here.

Sunday, Oct. 13: Hike along the Melones Branch of the Sierra Railway. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Peoria Wildlife Equsetrian Staging Area at New Melones Lake. Walk along the historic railway and discover how the Melones Dam was built. Length is 4 miles.

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Saturday, Oct. 19-Sunday, Oct. 20: Woodbridge Wilderness Area open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The area is typically open the first three weekends of each month. Explore a quarter-mile of Mokelumne River frontage. Free. More details here.

Tuesday, Oct. 22: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Saturday, Oct. 26: Stanislaus River Salmon Festival. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Knights Ferry Recreation Area, 12 miles east of Oakdale on Highway 120. Fly casting, salmon barbecue, live music, river critters and more. Free. For information call (209) 403-1046.

Tuesday, Oct. 29: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Friday, Nov. 1-Sunday, Nov. 3: Lodi’s Sandhill Crane Festival. Headquartered at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi, with tours to view the cranes in the Delta. Details here.

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