Help Choose This Year’s Art Break Day Theme

Sisters Showing Off Their Art During The 2015 Art Break Day At The Dorothy L. Jones Family Resource Center

Help choose this year’s theme for Art Break Day, a day when art sites are set up in cities around the world and everyone is invited to sit down, take a break, and make art for FREE!

What’s your vote? Dream, Unity or Believe

Each is important.  Here are some quotes to help you choose.

If you can dream it, you can do it.

Walt Disney

Nothing happens unless first a dream

Carl Sandburg

Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.

Mattie Stepanek

Where there is unity there is always victory.

Publilius Syrus

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.

Nikos Kazantzakis

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

Theodore Roosevelt

Cast your vote by visiting:

and leave a comment. Don’t forget to spread the word by sharing the post so we can get as many votes as possible.

Art Break Day takes place on the first Friday in September.  This will be the fourth year of Art Break Day in Stockton. For venues link here

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Open House For University Park World Peace Rose Garden

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Art Shopping Opportunities In Downtown

Handmade Bows By Abby's BowTique

Art Expressions of San Joaquin is having a Holiday Shopping Faire today from 11am to 6pm at the County Administration Building (corner of San Joaquin and Weber).  Enjoy free food and refreshments while you shop for unique arts and crafts.

Shopping opportunities continue tomorrow at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter (corner of Market and Sutter) from 2 pm – 6 pm with Cindy’s Christmas Boutique.  There will be home décor and vendors including Saul Serna and Abby’s BowTique. Don’t miss your chance to meet new artists and finish your holiday shopping.

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Double Take

Today El Concilio hosts its annual Navidad en el Valle (Christmas in the Valley) Tamale Dinner at the Civic Auditorium, 525 N. Center St, taking place from 5 pm to 8 pm. Cost is $10 per plate (includes two tamales, Mexican rice and beans). This is a Food basket fundraiser.

Tonight is one of my favorite local shopping experiences – the Peaceful Holiday Faire which promotes non-violence through the offering of unique art and handmade gifts and fair trade items.  The faire is held at the Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Avenue (across from UOP), from 4 pm – 9 pm returning tomorrow from 10 am – 2 pm.

If you aren’t able to pick up your tamales today you will have another opportunity tomorrow during the first Stockton Tamale Festival at the San Joaquín County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, from 10 am to 8 pm. There will be entertainment, professional cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and a car show. Admission is $10 for adults; $7 for teens 13 -17, college students, teachers and military with ID and seniors 60 and older and free for children 12 years and under.

Tomorrow the popular Stockmarket returns to 630 E. Weber (corner of Weber and Stanislaus) from 10 am – 4 pm providing a fun filled day of shopping.  You will find 70 vendors, music by live bands, ceramic and sketch demos, a dreamcatcher workshop ($10), gift wrapping, a kid’s area, food trucks, artisan food and drink stalls all in one location.

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Home For The Holidays

There’s nothing like being home for the Holidays. There’s also nothing like old family photos! Send your most classic pics of your Stockton family Holiday memories to the Downtown Stockton Alliance (DSA) for a chance to see them projected on the big screen in downtown this December.

Submit hi-res photos by December 1st via Instagram using #stocktonslideshow, email to or come by the DSA office (M-F, 8 am – 4 pm) located in the B&M building next to Janet Leigh Plaza and we’ll scan them for you. Please include your family name and year the photo was taken. For questions, call 209-464-5246.

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The Season Of Giving

Nicholas Burnett Original From The Artist's Lair


Today, from noon to 4 pm, is the first annual car show and art and craft fair hosted by C3-Nor-Cal Car club, Golden State Camaro’s, the Artist’s Lair and Stockton 209 Cares at the Teen Impact Center, 725 N. El Dorado.  The free event includes a bounce house and activities for the kids, live D. J., local artists, craft vendors and more. Please bring non-perishable food items, canned goods, turkeys or new toys to make the holiday food and toy drive a huge success.

The giving continues tonight, from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, at the Magical Night of Giving at Weberstown Mall.  This annual celebration gives ticket holders special offers and discounts, family-friendly activities and entertainment and benefits local non-profits by receiving 100% of the funds raised from ticket sales.  Tickets are available at the door for $5.  Children 12 and under are admitted free.

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Tis The Season

Lincoln Center is having their holiday open house tomorrow (Sunday, November 15) from 11 am – 5 pm.  Hop on the North Pole Express Train (11 am – 2 pm) or go on a horse drawn carriage ride (2 pm – 5 pm), listen to live holiday music and get free family photos by the Christmas tree, visit Santa and his elves (elves will be present from noon – 3 pm) and live reindeer, look at the Snow Village, take advantage of in-store promotions, trunk shows and sales and give back by donating to the cozy coat and sock drive. Note: McCaulou’s Department Store is now open (where Campbell’s was previously located) for your shopping pleasure.

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This week at Delta College

Delta College’s book swap takes place today (November 4) until 3 pm in Upper Danner Hall. Bring a book, take a book.  There is something for everyone.

Also today (November 4) is KWDC’s Art Showcase from 11 am – noon. Artists Jocelyn Conde Hillyard and Carlos Marquez will be talking about the group Draw It Out and the Not One More exhibit.  Tune in at FM 93.5

Tomorrow join Terryl Whitlatch at the Tillie Lewis Theater from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm speaking about her work as a concept artist and creature designer.  Terryl is the Exhibition Juror for the Horton Gallery’s current exhibit “Imagine the Fantastic” closing tomorrow.  She has worked with many studios including ILM, Pixar, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Paramount, Universal, various zoos and natural history museums and acted as principal creature designer for Star Wars Episode 1 — Phantom Menace designing most of the alien characters and creatures, from concept to fully realized anatomies and stylizations. Following the talk there will be a reception at the Horton Gallery.

Tomorrow there will also be free preview screenings of the movie “Listen” at 1:30pm and 5:30pm in the West Forum Hall at Delta College.  Listen is a fictional feature film inspired by real stories about the struggles youth face dealing with mental-illness, self-harm, gang violence, racism, cyber-bullying, domestic abuse and suicide. Stay for a Q&A afterwards with Director Erahm Christopher and Producer Brooke Dooley. The event is co-sponsored by Sierra Health Foundation and the San Joaquin Delta College Cultural Awareness Programs Committee.

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Cambodian Mural Displayed At Anniversary Event

This afternoon is the 22nd anniversary celebration for the Park Village Apartments featuring Cambodian, Indian, Hmong, Mexican and Lao dance performances, a fashion show, a Cambodian short play, raffles and more.  The festivities take place from 3:30 pm – 6 pm at the Park Village Apartments, 3830 Alvarado Avenue, by Oak Park.  Be the first to see the new mural, displayed in the Apsara community center, about the Cambodian immigration painted by students from Jane Frederick High School and children from the Park Village Apartments under the leadership of artist Damon Gress. This event promises to be a beautiful fusion of the cultures of Stockton.

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Flor y Canto

Today is the 11th annual Flor y Canto event at 2:30 pm at the Haggin Museum featuring poetry, song and dance celebrating Mexican, Chicano and Indigenous culture hosted by Richard Rios.

The event is free with regular museum admission. Invited performers will be Juan Manuel Carrillo, RCAF artist and author, Esteban Villa, RCAF artist and musician, and Ballet Folklorico de Frank Zapata.

While at the Haggin make sure you view the annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar on display through November 1.  This year the altar was created by Oakland artist Paco Garcia.  Hot chocolate and Pan Dulce will be served.

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