Local Holiday Market At The Newberry Building

Have you been wondering what is behind the papered windows announcing the new daycare center called “The Campus” at the Newberry building, 123 N. Sutter Street (just north of the San Joaquin Pride Center)?  On my last visit downtown I looked inside as workers moved in and out and saw a work in progress.

Tonight this space opens for all to see the work being done.  The space comes alive with a Local Holiday Market from 5 pm – 9 pm. The market will be showcasing local artisans, handmade jewelry and vintage clothing. There will also be food and drink vendors and live music.  See for yourself the remaking of downtown Stockton and join the fun!

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Telling The Veteran’s Story

Latinos In American Defense Reception (Photo By Bilingual Weekly Newspaper)

This November the Mexican Heritage Center honored area veterans with an exhibit entitled, “Latinos in American Defense.”  The exhibit brought together countless memories, the stories of our veterans.

In the continuing effort to tell the story of veteran’s service an oral interview training will take place tomorrow from noon – 3pm at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter Street (corner of Sutter Street and Market Street).

A representative from the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. will train participants how to interview military veterans in order to gather stories for the national archives. If you would like to help keep veteran’s stories alive for future generations attending this training will give valuable insights.  Veterans are strongly encouraged to participate.

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The Sights And Sounds Of The Holidays

Downtown comes alive with the sights and sounds of the holidays.  Browse local gifts at the WerQshop Holiday Art and Craft fair at the Café Coop, 42 N. Sutter 4th Floor (corner of Weber) today from noon – 5 pm. There will be treats, jewelry, etched glass, hair bows, fine art, photography, hand carved wood, crochet and more.   This new fair may have just what you are looking for.

Stay for the tree lighting at Weber Point (Center and Miner).  The event takes place tonight from 4:30 pm – 6 pm with carols by the Lincoln High School choir, a visit from Frosty the Snowman concluding with the tree lighting by Mayor Silva at 5:45 pm.

Though this year’s lighted boat parade, which usually takes place following the Weber Point tree lighting, has been cancelled there are plenty of lights still to see.  Take this opportunity to drive around Stockton and look at the beautiful Christmas displays.  Start at Lincoln Center North and view the Snow Village.  Then drive down Meadow Avenue off of Pershing and enjoy the holiday lights.  Make a night of it and find your favorite places while spending time with family and friends.

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Peaceful Holiday Gift Fair

The Peace and Justice Network of San Joaquin County holds its Peaceful Holiday Gift Fair today and tomorrow at the Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Avenue, across from the University of the Pacific.  The fair takes place this evening from 4 pm – 9 pm. Tomorrow, the fair continues from 10 am – 2 pm.

The Peaceful Holiday Gift Fair is one of my favorites offering a variety of affordable handmade items made by local artists as well as global indigenous crafts benefiting cooperatives from around the world.

Groups with messages of peace and environmental awareness are also present at the fair.  This year the Draw It Out wish flag project which encourages Stockton residents to consider and take action to bring about improvements in our neighborhoods to make them safer, better places will be in attendance.

If you are looking for a different kind of fair the Peaceful Holiday Gift Fair is it.  Hope to see you there!

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Lincoln Center Holidays

Lincoln Center is a great place to be today during Small Business Saturday – lots of specialty local shops with the best holiday selections.  There is something for everyone.  Take the kids to visit Santa from noon – 5 pm. Ride the train from noon – 2 pm or take a carriage ride from 2pm – 5 pm. Link here for the complete Lincoln Center holiday event list.

In the evening, visit Lyall A. Luke’s Snow Village three-tier display of Department 56 miniatures spanning a 40 foot window lit from 4:30 pm – 10 pm. This favorite once appeared every holiday season for the public to view through a garage door on Benjamin Holt.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see the historic village display through January 4 at Lincoln Center North in the old Campbell’s location.

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Tree Of Lights Tonight

Stockton’s holiday season starts tonight with the Hospice of San Joaquin 26th annual tree lighting at Delta College’s main entrance, 5151 Pacific, at 6 pm. The college likes to boast: “We believe Delta has the best holiday tree in Stockton!” The festivities include musical selections and refreshments culminating in a dazzling display of lights turned on by a local hospices services family.

Every light on the tree remembers and honors a loved one.  Names of those being honored surround the base of the tree.  Proceeds from dedicating a light help Hospice of San Joaquin provide care for the terminally ill and their families. For more info link here.

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San Joaquin Potter’s Guild Show

Ceramic Art By Glenda Burns

For as long as I can remember my husband and I have attended the annual Potter’s Guild show, an exhibit we look forward to every year. The show, celebrating its twenty first year, has evolved into the premier fine arts festival in the area featuring Northern California artists working in clay, glass, fiber, wood, metal, painting and photography.

The 2014 Fine Arts Festival sponsored by the San Joaquin Potter’s Guild is open today from 10 am – 4 pm at St. Basil’s Church, 920 W. March Lane.  To view the list of participating artists and photos of their work link here.  Don’t miss this chance to meet the artists and take something home.

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Holiday Store Grand Opening Tonight

Art Expressions of San Joaquin is having the Grand Opening of their holiday store, featuring the artwork of thirty local artists, tonight from 4 pm – 7 pm. Enjoy an evening of music by Loki Rhythm, refreshments and beautiful art.

The store is located at 304 Lincoln Center (between Beehive Hair Salon and Bliss Bridal across from Bud’s Seafood and Grill) open 7 days a week from 10 am – 6 pm through the end of December for your shopping convenience.

Make sure to stop by today or in the weeks ahead for a wonderful selection of one of a kind, handmade pieces to add to your collection or give to friends and family.

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Latinos In American Defense

Spend some time learning about the contributions of Latino veterans today, at the close of Veteran’s Day week. Latinos in American Defense is a first of its kind exhibit honoring veterans of Hispanic descent at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter through the end of November. If you can’t make it today, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm.

Celebrate the courageous men and women in our community that have served in the military forces at this exciting and new historical exhibit. The exhibit features photos, clippings, art and memorabilia collected from area veterans and their families.  Honor their sacrifice by taking a moment to visit this groundbreaking exhibit.

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Utility Box Design Contest 2

The Downtown Utility Box Design Contest has returned. The theme is, “Artistic Illusions – Art Reflects Life” requesting designs that create an optical illusion of objects in 3-D. The contest is open to high school and college students.  Deadline for submission is Monday, November 17 at midnight.  Link here for details.

Highlighted Utility Box Design Contest Past Winner

Deanna Medek started art at a young age.  She developed her skills by drawing her favorite characters. Deanna knew if she wanted to get better she had to take classes so she began formal art instruction in middle school.

In high school Deanna focused on illustration, sculpture art, and digital art. At Delta College she is learning digital art, color and design, and sculpture art. Deanna now combines photoshop, illustrator, sculpting, and painting in her work.

Deanna’s accomplishments include – she helped paint the Charter House and McKinley Elementary School murals and was one of three winners in the first Utility Box design contest for her Chinese Culture Camp dragon design which she painted on the utility box on El Dorado across from French 25. Deanna also received a scholarship from the Tracy Art League and has created advertisement design for Sonic Revolution (a non-profit organization that hosts meet-ups and conventions with fellow Sonic fans).

I met Deanna at the Chinese Benevolent Association Culture Camp culminating performance in June where she created graphic art for the camp and produced its printed program.

In high school, Deanna realized art could be her career.  She is deciding whether to be an art teacher, comic creator, animator/illustrator or even starting her own business after she finishes her art degree.  Deanna says, “I’ll go wherever God takes me.”  I know Deanna will have great success because of her talent, determination and poise.

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