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

Who says summer’s over? Still plenty to do around here.

Saturday, Aug. 16: Solar power informational meeting hosted by the Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton. The diocese has entered into a partnership with Oakland-based solar provider Sungevity to make it easier for parishioners and the general public to switch to solar power. Those who sign up are eligible for a $750 credit, and a donation will be made to local parishes or Catholic Charities. A meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Cathedral of the Annunciation, 400 W. Rose St. More details here.

Saturday, Aug. 16: “Family Day” at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include live birds of prey, live reptiles, “Meet the Ranger,” arts and crafts, live music, Smokey Bear and more. Most events free with park entrance. More details here.

Saturday, Aug. 16-Sunday, Aug. 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, Aug. 16: Tall forest bird survey, Cosumnes River Preserve. This four- to five-mile hike wanders through the kind of riparian woodland that was once widespread in the Central Valley. Meet at 5:30 a.m. at the farm center gate. More details here.

Saturday, Aug. 16: Summer paddle at the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, west of Elk Grove. 9 a.m. This guided float wanders along a historically dredged area that is not normally open to the public. You might see river otters, egrets, herons, hawks, pelicans, beavers and pond turtles. Event is free. You must bring a canoe or kayak and a life jacket. Similar events scheduled mostly on Saturdays through the months of August and September. More details here.

Tuesday, Aug. 19: Stockton East Water District weekly board meeting. Noon, 6767 E. Main St., Stockton. Agenda available here.

Wednesday, Aug. 20: California Water Commission meeting. 9 a.m., Resources Building, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento. Agenda includes a briefing by the Pacific Institute on “The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply.” Agenda available here.

Wednesday, Aug. 20: San Joaquin Bike Coalition’s weekly ride. 7 p.m. behind the Empire Theater in Stockton. Anyone with basic bike riding skills welcome. More details here.

Thursday, Aug. 21: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District meeting. 9 a.m., Fresno. Agenda and webcast will be available here.

Saturday, Aug. 23: Guided photo walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. One-mile loop trip takes visitors through wetlands and riparian forest. 7 a.m., visitor center. More details here.

Monday, Aug. 25: Sierra Club meeting. Theme: ”Diary of a Steelhead Trout: From River to Sea and Back Again.” Stacy Luthy, a marine biologist and coordinator of Friends of the Lower Calaveras River, will talk about how rivers connect to the ocean and the fish that make the journey. 7 p.m., Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Avenue in Stockton.

Wednesday, Sept. 10: John Sherman, author of “Fly Fishing the California Delta,” will speak to the Delta Fly Fishers at 7 p.m. at John R. Williams School. Sherman has fished all over the world but lives in the Delta, the club said. Sherman will talk about tips and techniques to improve fishing success on Delta waterways.

Saturday, Sept. 13: Electronic waste collection event hosted by Onsite Electronics Recycling. 9 a.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. More details here.

Saturday, Sept. 13: River walk bird survey, Cosumnes River Preserve. This is a leisurely four-mile walk through wetlands, riparian forest and grasslands. Meet at 5:15 a.m. in the Cosumnes River Preserve visitor center parking area. More details here.

Tuesday, Sept. 16: Presentation, “International and Adventure Travel Basics.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Experts will talk about how to plan, prepare for and execute an international “adventure trip.” More details here. Saturday, Sept. 20: Coastal Cleanup Day. Details coming soon.

Saturday, Sept. 20: Wildlife ecologist Dave Johnston presents “Going Batty” at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Johnston has spent 20 years investigating how bats are impacted by solar and wind energy projects. 10 a.m., Jack Knight Hall. Free with park entrance. More details here.

Thursday, Sept. 25: Delta Protection Commission meeting in Discovery Bay. Details to be posted here.

Saturday, Oct. 4: Bee expert Julie Serences will present “Conservation of Native Bees” at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  Serences will talk about native bees’ role in pollinating native plants. 10 a.m. at Jack Knight Hall. Free with park entrance. More details here.

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