What’s on tap — weekend of Nov. 23-24 and beyond

If you have any reason to believe your car is likely to fail its next smog check, get on down to the fairgrounds first thing Saturday for Tune In & Tune Up. It could save you up to $500 down the road, and therefore leads off this week’s list of upcoming events and activities on the environment beat.

Saturday, Nov. 23: Tune In & Tune Up offers free, unofficial smog checks at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Start time is 9 a.m., but arrive early in the morning (say, 6:30 a.m.) 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. For more details email TITUEvent@valley-can.org or call 1-800-806-2004.

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.

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.

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 detailshere.

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.

Saturday, Dec. 7-Sunday, Dec. 8: 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.

Tuesday, Dec. 10: Class, “Showshoeing Basics.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Free. Learn what you need for gear and where to go. More detailshere.

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

Wednesday, Dec. 11: Delta Fly Fishers meeting, featuring the stories from trips and adventures of club members in 2013, from British Columbia to Arkansas, North Carolina and Alaska. 7 p.m., John R. Williams School, 2450 Meadow Avenue in Stockton.

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.

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