What’s on tap — Earth Day edition

It’s been ages since I posted a calendar of events, but if I’m ever going to do it, this is the time — there are all sorts of outdoorsy events coming up. Earth Day events are highlighted in green.

(This list will be updated as more comes in, so if you’re aware of any events that aren’t listed… please drop me a line.)

Happy spring!

Tuesday, April 14: San Joaquin Audubon Society meeting. David Yee will talk about the top challenges he faces in identifying birds in San Joaquin County. 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church on Pacific Avenue in Stockton. More details here.

Wednesday, April 15: U.C. Berkeley environmental science professor Carolyn Finney will talk about how African Americans relate to the great outdoors. 7 p.m., Grace Covell Hall, University of the Pacific. More details here.

Thursday, April 16:¬†Annual¬†State of Our Rivers symposium. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Joaquin Council of Governments, 555 E. Weber Avenue. This year’s focus is on the drought and how it affects San Joaquin County rivers. For more details call (209) 922-8215.

Friday, April 17-Saturday, April 18:Yosemite National Park kicks off Earth Day with a bike ride and family night on Friday. The official celebration is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Valley Visitor Center. Plus, entrance fees to the park will be waived on Saturday and Sunday. More details here.

Saturday, April 18: Earth Day city garage sale in Tracy (east of Tracy Boulevard). Registration details and more information here.

Saturday, April 18: River walk hosted by Friends of the Lower Calaveras River. This month’s walk will focus on wildflowers along the uppermost reach of the lower Calaveras at New Hogan Lake and the River of Skulls trail. Meet at 10 a.m. at New Hogan headquarters, 2713 Hogan Dam Road in Valley Springs.

Saturday, April 18: Guided paddle tour at the Cosumnes River Preserve. Bring a canoe or kayak and a life jacket. More details on this and other refuge events here.

Tuesday, April 21: Presentation, “Lake Tahoe Birding and The Tahoe Big Year.” Kirk Hardie, co-founder of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, will talking about the “big year” birding event that brings together beginners and experts alike. 7 p.m., Stockton REI. More details here.

Friday, April 24: Green fashion show at the University of the Pacific. Designers of all ages will test their skills by creating environmentally, economically or socially sustainable outfits. In the past, pieces have been created from organic or local textiles, plant matter, garbage and more. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Long Theatre, University of the Pacific. More details here.

Friday, April 24: “Sky Tours” astronomy event at San Joaquin Delta College. Come peer through amateur astronomers’ telescopes. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free. Hosted by the Stockton Astronomical Society.

Saturday, April 25: Astronomy in the Park at Oak Grove Regional Park. Starts at sunset. Free with admission to park. Hosted by the Stockton Astronomical Society.

Saturday, April 25: Earth Day event in Manteca. Residents can shred old documents at the solid waste yard, and can pick up free cpomost too. Electrnoic waste will also be accepted. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More details here.

Saturday, April 25: Earth Day beautification event in Lathrop. Volunteer for a cleanup project, participate in a recycling fair or fly a kite, among other activities. More details here.

Saturday, April 25: Guided walk at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy a two-mile trail that leads to a wildlife viewing platform. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Elk Grove gate. More details here.

Saturday, April 25: Guided photography walk at Cosumnes River Preserve. The one-mile trail winds past wetlands and riparian forest. More details on this and other refuge events here.

Sunday, April 26: Stockton Earth Day celebration. Theme: “Bee Aware.” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Victory Park. This is San Joaquin County’s premiere environmental event each year. Entertainment, educational booths and hands-on activities are planned. Free. More details and a full schedule of activities here.

Sunday, April 26: Earth Day celebration in Angels Camp. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Utica Park. Entertainment, arts and crafts, music. More details here.

Monday, April 27: Sierra Club meeting. Topic: “Plastic Paradise, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Learn about an area of the Pacific Ocean where plastics frmo three distant continents gather. 7 p.m., Central United Methodist Church in Stockton. More details here.

Tuesday, April 28: Presentation, “The Way to Santiago de Compostela.” Art Negrette will talk about routes associated with the Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, traveled by more than 250,000 people each year. The two most popular routes offer distinctly different features, experiences and challenges. 7 p.m., Stockton REI. More details here.

Thursday, April 30: Restore the Delta membership meeting. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ambler’s Club, 2000 N. Amblers Lane in Stockton. For more details email cruz@restorethedelta.org or call (209) 475-9550.

Thursday, May 7: Class, “Bike Maintenance Basics.” Learn how to maintain your bike and prolong its life. 7 p.m., Stockton REI. More details here.

Saturday, May 16: “Walk on the Wild Side” festival at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Live animal presentations and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. More details here.

Tuesday, May 19: Presentation on the Desolation Wilderness. Learn how to plan your visit to this rugged landscape west of Lake Tahoe. 7 p.m., Stockton REI. More details here.

Thursday, May 21: Presentation, “International and Adventure Travel Basics.” Learn about how to plan and prepare for an exciting adventure abroad. 7 p.m., Stockton REI. More details here.

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