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.