What’s on tap — weekend of Nov. 16-17 and beyond

Another beautiful fall weekend is ahead of us, and here are a few ways to enjoy it.

Friday, Nov. 15: Program, “The Magic of Elder.” Learn how to use edible wild plants in your menu, or how to build your own home apothecary. Heather Pier will share her insight. Hosted by the Oak Grove Nature Center. 7 p.m. Free with $5 parking at Oak Grove Regional Park. More details here.

Saturday, Nov. 16: 28th annual “Trout Bout” at Oak Grove Regional Park. The ponds will be stocked with 2,500 pounds of trout. Gates open at 6:15 a.m. $6 for parking and $5 for fishing permits (state license also required for those 16 years and older).

Saturday, Nov. 16-Sunday, Nov. 17: 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.

Saturday, Nov. 16-Sunday, Nov. 17: The state Department of Fish and Wildlife offers sandhill crane wetland tours the first three weekends of each month at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve west of Lodi. Tours fill quickly; to make reservations for this or future dates through the month of February, click here or call (209) 234-3435.

 Sunday, Nov. 17: “Ducks in Scopes” birdwatching program at the Cosumnes River Preserve. Scopes will be set out on the boardwalk to allow visitors to get a better view of the up to 100,000 birds that visit the preserve on winter mornings. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. More details and other November events listed here.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: California Water Commission meeting. 9:30 a.m., Sacramento. Agenda includes discussion about the restoration of the San Joaquin River. Agenda and webcast details here.

 Thursday, Nov. 21: Delta Protection Commission meeting. 6 p.m., Oakley City Council chambers, 3231 Main St. Agenda includes discussion of National Flood Insurance Program reform and evapotranspiration. More details here.

Thursday, Nov. 21-Sunday, Nov. 24: Central Valley Birding Symposium. At the Stockton Hilton. Registration is $100, or $50 for a single day. More details here.

Thursday, Nov. 21-Friday, Nov. 22: Delta Stewardship Council meeting, Park Tower Plaza in Sacramento. More details here.

Friday, Nov. 22: Central Valley Flood Protection Board meeting in Sacramento. Agenda includes discussion of rising flood insurance rates. Agenda available here.

Saturday, Nov. 23: Docent-guided walk at the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. 9 a.m. Meet at the Elk Grove gate (Elk Grove Boulevard exit on the west side of Interstate 5 north of Stockton). Two-mile trail leads to wildlife viewing platform. More details here.

Saturday, Nov. 23: Tune In & Tune Up offers free, unofficial smog checks at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Exact time TBD, but arrive early in the morning or you could have a very long wait. No smog certificates are awarded at these events; this is merely to find out if your car is likely to pass a formal smog check. Vehicles that don’t pass this informal test will be awarded vouchers for free repairs at local automotive shops. More details here.

Monday, Nov. 25: Sierra Club meeting. Jim Marsh will discuss the recent native grass restoration project on the Calaveras River. 7 p.m., Central United Methodist Church. More details here.

Monday, Dec. 2: Campaign for Common Ground meeting, 7 p.m. at the Family Resource & Referral Center, 509 W. Weber Avenue. Kerry Sullivan, San Joaquin County’s community development director, will talk about the county’s General Plan update.

Tuesday, Dec. 3: Class, “Avalanche Awareness.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Free. Learn to recognize the basic signs of avalanche danger, and simple ways to avoid an avalanche. More details here.

Tuesday, Dec. 3: Stockton East Water District meeting (every Tuesday). Noon at district headquarters, 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Saturday, Dec. 7: Docent-guided walk at the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. 9 a.m. Meet at the Elk Grove gate (Elk Grove Boulevard exit on the west side of Interstate 5 north of Stockton). Two-mile trail leads to wildlife viewing platform. More details here.

Saturday, Dec. 7-Sunday, Dec. 8: 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, Dec. 10: Class, “Showshoeing Basics.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Free. Learn what you need for gear and where to go. More details here.

Wednesday, Dec. 11: “Refreshments with the Recyclers” luncheon to benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Joaquin County. 11 a.m., Hilton Stockton, 2323 Grand Canal Blvd. Bring a new unwrapped toy for a child and enjoy a free lunch. Sponsored by the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce’s Green Team San Joaquin. More details here. Register here.

Wednesday, Dec. 14: Electronic waste drop-off event. 9 a.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. Hosted by Onsite Electronics Recycling. More details here.

 Friday, Dec. 27: “Winter Wonderland” event at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Events include a wagon ride, crafts for kids and music. $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children. More details here.

Wednesday, Dec. 11: California Fish and Game Commission meeting in San Diego. Agenda to be available here.

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