When I received an invitation to the Something Borrowed + La Cruzita Pop-Up Shop at Huddle, a shared working space at 235 N. San Joaquin, I wanted to learn more.  I knew one of the participants (Cruz Arredondo) from her collaborations with Ryan Camero and Café Coop and seeing her art at InstaMeet 3.

I had been to Huddle and wondered where the pop-up would be located.  Would it fill the entire common space?  I was greeted by Amy Sieffert, the owner of Etsy’s somethingborrowedvtg and she led me to the pop-up.

The merchandise was beautifully displayed making the most of the space.  There were racks of vintage clothing items and accessories by Amy and hair adornments and wall décor by Cruz offering a variety for the shopper.

The store is open daily from 11am – 6 pm now through Sunday, August 31 with extended hours this Friday until 9 pm during Huddle’s Craft Beer Tasting to benefit Placeholder Magazine. Please support small business and shop local.  The pop-up is especially convenient for downtown workers to take a shopping lunch break.

More About SomethingBorrowedVtg -

Amy has been selling vintage clothing since 1999 when she realized there was a lack of affordable, attractive, and well maintained vintage clothing.  Believing that good fashion should be sold at a good price, Amy created ‘Something Borrowed’ to make the world a little more beautiful through fashion.

Amy spends her days searching, scavenging, haggling, and altering.  Most items she sells are from the 1950s-1990s – everything from hippie to mod to rockabilly to grunge.

What sets SomethingBorrowedVtg apart?  Amy loves showing people how to wear what they might have thought ‘unwearable.’ Her philosophy is to help the earth by wearing vintage and thrift styles passing them on to keep them out of the landfill.

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Festival Of Peace And Healing

The Podesto Teen Impact Center, located at 725 N. El Dorado Street (one block north of the Chavez Library on El Dorado), is hosting the Festival of Peace and Healing this afternoon from 1pm – 5pm. There will be food dishes, arts and crafts, dance, live music, storytelling and a raffle. Raffle prizes – $5 for 6, or arm length for $10.00. Bring your instruments to join in the ending jam session.

This festival is a community effort, led by the Pan Afrakan Dance and Music Historical Educational Association, to inspire and bring the healing of peace, joy and celebration to our community while offering positive choice.  Community members are encouraged to share positive expressions. A requested $10 donation can be paid at the door.  Money raised will benefit youth programs and workshops.

About the Association -

Pan Afrakan Dance and Music Historical Educational Association is a non-profit organization that provides residential teaching programs to grassroot and at-risk community children, youth and families through music, dance, and art for ages 3-21. Khemya MitRahina directs the association.  She is the essence of peace and healing with her uplifting, giving spirit that shines brightly on everyone she meets. I have had the privilege of knowing Khemya and working with her to enrich Stockton’s arts programming through the years.

The photos accompanying this blog are from the 2010 Festival of Peace and Healing that I attended. The festival started with a procession through Eden Park to the festival location.  A highlight of the event was music by Stockton’s own Beloved Sister, a group of four sisters that sing amazing harmonies. See for yourself what the Festival of Peace and Healing has to offer.

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Red Shoes & Salsa

Tonight is a dinner and dance fundraiser, at the Mexican Heritage Center, to benefit the New Dance Company which was founded in 1989 as a dance performance organization that promotes the art of dance in the San Joaquin region with performances in Stockton, including one of my favorites – Stockton’s Trolley Dances.

The event runs from 6 pm – 10 pm and includes a buffet dinner, DJ music for dancing, a performance by the New Dance Company, salsa instruction with a chance to show off your moves and a raffle.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.  The Mexican Heritage Center is located at the corner of Market and Sutter, 111 S. Sutter, in downtown Stockton.

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Victory Park Music

Photo by @stocktonca

The 62nd year of Concerts In The Park ends tonight at Victory Park with Waterloo, an ABBA tribute band from 6 pm – 8 pm.  Bring a friend, some food, a chair and enjoy free music in one of Stockton’s most beloved places.

If you miss tonight’s concert, mark your calendar for June 2015.  Concerts In The Park run for twelve weeks from June – August every year.

Do you enjoy free music at Victory Park? Consider donating to make sure the music continues.  Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Stockton Concerts in Victory Park, Inc., 3461 Brookside Road, Stockton, CA 95219.

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The Filipino Connection

The Barrio Fiesta, a celebration of Stockton’s Filipino culture, returns for its second day.  It is a free event, now in its 41st year, held at the Filipino Plaza at Center and Market Street that includes performances (martial arts, singing, dance etc.) food booths and vendors until 8 pm tonight.

Yesterday I attended a spectacular dance performance at the festival. The Little Manila Dance Collective made up of dancers from the Binibini Dance Troupe and Kilusan Pilipino were full of energy and grace performing a mix of new and classic dances.

The performance was dedicated to remembering the contributions of all Filipinos in Stockton (past and present). A portrait of the late Carmen Tomek, founder of Stockton’s Sampaguita dance troupe, was placed on stage in tribute. I remember Carmen as a beautiful, gentle and giving woman that brought her dance troupe to perform at the Heart of the Arts Gallery when I scheduled its performances.

StocktonCon, in its third year this weekend, also has a Filipino connection.  Last year its art contest was named the Tony DeZuniga Memorial Art Contest. Tony is an important figure in comic, gallery, and illustration art having contributed a realistic look in the 70’s.  Some of his best work was in collaboration with John Buscema in the early issues of The Savage Sword of Conan. He also co-created Jonah Hex and The Black Orchid for DC comics.

At one time Tony DeZuniga and his wife Tina owned a Filipino Restaurant in Stockton that was filled with Tony’s art.  I knew Tony as a prolific painter and only recently found out about his connection to comics.  Tony passed away in 2012.  Tina and her daughter have opened the Red Orchids Restaurant at 126 E. Market Street. Please stop by and show your support.

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Downtown Tonight

The August Summer ArtSplash is tonight from 5 pm – 8 pm in downtown.  Venues are listed below.

1. Regal Dome (222 N. El Dorado)

Felicia Ruiz takes every opportunity to perfect her chalk drawing skills and create art for the community.  Watch Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles come to life.

2. County Administration Building (44 N. San Joaquin Street)

Art Expressions showing at the County Administration Building by Art Expressions of San Joaquin painter member artists Jessica Bernal-Joyner and Richard Nunez.

Souls of the Rising Sun of Pan Afrakan Dance and Music will be performing traditional folkloric Afro-Caribbean/African Dance and Music between 6 pm – 7 pm. Note: This venue closes at 7 pm.

3. San Joaquin Pride Center (109 N. Sutter Street)

Photography by Jonise Oliva – My photographs document living in the moment. I enjoy being creative through photography and I’m ALWAYS looking for a shot.

“The Roaming Mantics focus on love classics, and something we like to call “Rawkabilly.”  Renditions of songs like “Gina” and “You Can’t Hurry Love” are performed with a raw, unplugged style straight from our roaming souls to the front door of your heart. Performances at 6:15 pm and 7:15 pm.

4. Elks Building (42 N. Sutter)

2nd floor patio – Retro Aloha fundraiser for the Catrina Project with food and music from 5pm – 10 pm with a $10 entrance fee,

4th floor – Art by Café Coop artists,

5th floor – Art by Nancy Brooks and Ismael Qadree and Bella – My passion is all about anime and cartooning and most of my work I try to do without planning it out in advance.

5. Kress Lobby (20 N. Sutter Street)

Gail Lynne Amo – “Impressions by Gailynne.” Influenced by impressionist style with a twist “Stained Glass Impressionism” acrylic paintings in vibrant metallic with a touch of sparkle. Also, enjoy working in pen & ink pointillism and intense ink watercolor. A lifelong Stockton resident that has been drawing since the age of 5. “Artwork is my passion which takes me on a creative journey of expression.” Will have examples of all above mentioned styles.

Angela Bardot – Stockton resident involved in many activities promoting literacy, visual art, music, and community. Former President of the SJDC Writers’ Guild and current Layout Editor of the literary and visual art magazine, Artifact. Graduate of San Joaquin Delta College and Christian Life College. Staff member of both the Young Adult and Media ministries at Christian Life Center. Disciple of Christ, photographer, writer, editor, designer, artist, activist, dreamer, and adventurer. Photography, acrylic painting, and mixed media are the mediums for this month’s ArtSplash. (There will also be an area for you to create your own art with me.)

Note: The Summer ArtSplash is on Facebook. For questions or to participate, contact Joy at dibsonart@yahoo.com  Look for the pink ribbons by each venue during the event.












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The 58th Stockton Art League Juried Exhibition

The 58th Stockton Art League Biennial Juried Exhibition at the Haggin Museum opens today, August 7 in two of the museum’s galleries with over one hundred pieces and runs through September 28.

The exhibit’s opening reception is tonight from 6 pm – 8 pm as part of the Haggin’s 1st and 3rd Thursday series. Refreshments will be provided by the Stockton Art League.  Awards will be presented at 7 pm.

Congratulations to Stockton artists Vanessa Hadady and Pat Price for having artwork accepted in the exhibition.  In 2012, Vanessa was the Artist In Residence chosen by the Stockton Is Magnificent committee.  Pat Price is currently the President of the Stockton Art League.

To learn more about how the art pieces were selected for this exhibit please attend Juror Dale Laitinen’s presentation at the 1st Thursday event on September 4 at 7 pm.

The 1st and 3rd Thursday series at the Haggin is included with regular admission. The museum is open until 9 pm with special programming that has included live music, guest speakers, hands-on activities and more with complimentary wine from Weibel Family Vineyards and Winery and snacks served starting at 6:30 pm.

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National Night Out

Tonight is the 31st Annual National Night Out, a nationwide event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and locally by the Stockton Police Department, that takes place in neighborhoods on the first Tuesday of August. National Night Out is a time for neighbors to connect. “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity,” said National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin.

Until I served as the program chair for the University Neighborhood Renaissance Committee (UNRC) – a group that helps improve the University Neighborhood bounded by Pershing to the west, California to the east, the Calaveras River to the north and Harding to the south – I had never heard of National Night Out.

The UNRC co-hosted several National Night Out events in American Legion Park and Caldwell Park from 2010 – 2012.  Events offered a variety of musical performances including a drum circle, chalk art, facepainting, crafts, games, marshmallow roasting, a raffle, a visit from a food truck and photo opportunities with antique fire engines and police cars.

There will be multiple National Night Out events throughout Stockton tonight.  The three highlighted here are a Neighborhood Party at Zion Lutheran Church, 808 Porter Avenue, from 5:30 pm – 9 pm that includes food, poetry by With Our Words and music by RB/X and the Rhondda Nunes Collective, an event at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora Street, from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, that has free refreshments, games, face painting, and a jump house and an event at Paul E. Weston Park in Weston Ranch at the 3400-3616 block of E.W.S. Woods from 5 pm – 8 pm that includes booths, a bounce house and wish flag making with Draw It Out.  Hope you will share National Night Out with your neighbors.

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Weekend Festivals

Bon Odori

It is time for my favorite Stockton festival – the Obon Festival – which takes place this weekend at the Buddhist Church of Stockton, 2820 Shimizu Drive, 11 am – 9 pm on Saturday and 11 am – 6 pm on Sunday.

Activities include taiko drummers, martial arts, traditional Japanese dance and string instrument, karaoke, ukulele and Hawaiian dance, tea ceremony, chapel tours, Ikebana flower arranging exhibit, Bonsai exhibit, Sword Display, Doll exhibit and Japanese arts and crafts as well as games, plants for sale, a raffle, a temple history display and lots of delicious food – make sure you try the shrimp with tempura vegetables, barbecued oysters (they sell out fast) and shaved ice.  Other food offerings include udon (noodle soup), sushi, teriyaki, skewers, curry rice and assorted desserts.

The Obon is a time to honor our ancestors. This year the Bon Odori parade of dancers in colorful kimonos happens Saturday night at 7 pm.  The pageantry is truly a sight to behold.  For activity days and times see the 2014Bazaar Program Publisher (1)   Bon Odori Insert 2014

Why is the Obon Festival my favorite?  It is an all around Japanese experience with a tranquil garden as you enter the church grounds.  Every space, inside and out, is filled with new sights, sounds and tastes with continuous entertainment.  There are new experiences for those that have been before as well as familiar ones.  Most of the activities are indoors.  Even those outside are often in shade.  The Obon is a beautiful, free neighborhood festival with people coming and going (there are two large parking lots and street parking) so it never feels crowded.  No matter how many times I have been I look forward to it year after year.

For another delicious festival this weekend check out Soulfest at Weber Point on Saturday.  For more info, link here.

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Fundraiser For Art Education

The WerQshop is a new community art resource, coming to Stockton early next year, born from the need for art education seen by its founding members – Isabel Sison (writer), Erin Eckhardt (graphics design artist), Dawn Rogers (crafter), Liz Martin (comic artist), and Rey Vargas (artist/organizer).  The WerQshop is moving steadily towards becoming a reality. The group believes it will be a success story for Stockton and inspire local artists to start dreaming again.

This artist organization is designed to supplement school and promote self learning. The goal is simple – to provide artists with a safe and exciting place to improve and discover their craft. There will be monthly newsletters, speakers and events.

The WerQshop community, as it develops, will determine the content investigated.  An artist is never just one thing. Being an artist is a “state of mind” and the WerQshop is here to support the many directions that Stockton artists want to take.

To earn money for its start up costs, the WerQshop is having a bake sale this Friday, August 1, from 5 pm – 7 pm at 42 N. Sutter Street in downtown Stockton.  Founding members are baking up some goodies and are very excited to mingle with the crowd.  Money raised will be used for filing fees, advertisements and towards the launch including buying supplies and equipment ranging from paper to charcoal sticks, from erasers to easels.  This is your chance to increase art education in Stockton while getting something sweet in return.  Hope to see you there.

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