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Lodi says NO to medical marijuana

Lodi, CA / Bilingual Weekly

Lodi has added yet another difference with Stockton.
Whereas medical marijuana sale is allowed and regulated in Stockton and 33 other cities throughout California, the Lodi City Council has declared it wants nothing to do with it. Continue reading

African American Lodi icon, to retire, leave town

Lodi, CA / Bilingual Weekly
Richard Jones, the African American who became Lodi’s Boys and Girls Club face for the last 18 years —as well as president of the Lodi Unified School District Board of Trustees several times for the last 7 years— has announced he’s retiring and leaving Lodi to return to his native Toledo, Ohio. Continue reading

Women’s Center Turns 35

Stockton, CA / Bilingual Weekly

California Emergency Management Agency Secretary Matthew Bettenhausen joined other officials on Tuesday, December 28, 2010, in commemorating the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County for 35 years of assisting victims of sexual assault. Continue reading

Manteca may splash again

indoor water playground at the Concord, NC, Great Wolf Resort

Manteca, CA / Bilingual Weekly

Manteca may regain its splashy reputation once again.
Until not so long ago, Manteca was known to the world as a water playground… families from all over Northern California counted the Manteca Waterslides at Oakwood Lake Resort as a summer must-visit spot. Continue reading

SJ Diabetes summit –deadlines extended

Stockton. CA / Bilingual Weekly

The Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention Taskforce has announced that the deadline to submit entry forms for the Youth Art Contest being held along the upcoming Community Diabetes Summit has been extended to January 14, 2011. Artwork will now be accepted until January 28, 2011. Continue reading

A Child is Born for Us, a Son Sent from Heaven

Fr. Dean McFalls, St. Mary‘s Parish, Stockton
Special to Bilingual Weekly

Monday at midnight, a knock came on the door.  “Who could that be?” we asked ourselves.  Were we already close enough to Christmas that Santa might be here? Continue reading

Stockton artist goes national

Edinburg, TX / via Bilingual Weekly
Stockton-raised artist and UTPA (University of Texas-Pan American) Art Department Lecturer, Paul Valadez recently received the good news from two major museums regarding the acquisitions of his serigraph, Abuela which was printed in collaboration with The Serie Project in Austin, TX.
Both The El Museo del Barrio in New York City and The National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico are acquiring the artwork of Paul Valadez to be a part of their permanent museum collections.
Valadez created the print in collaboration with The Serie Project after being chosen

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UC Merced Gears Up for Year of Growth, Changes

A new chancellor, more students and additional buildings all on tap for 2011 as UC Merced heads into the second half of its sixth academic year

Merced, CA / Scott Hernandez-Jason, UC Merced

In the coming year, the University of California, Merced, will appoint new leadership, open additional buildings, increase enrollment and hire more faculty members. Continue reading

Arena’s Ice gets crowd


Stockton. CA / Bilingual Weekly

Several hundred people lined up on the early afternoon at the Stockton Arena this past Monday, December 20, 2010, just to have a chance to skate the same ice that has given the Thunders so many victories. Continue reading

Concilio Food Bags benefit 600 on its first year


Stockton, CA / Bilingual Weekly
It was still cold that morning but sisters Denia and Ester Flores do not feel it anymore.
The two moms had arrived by 6:30 a.m. Saturday, December 18, 2010, to the Council for the Spanish Speaking (El Concilio)’s parking lot… some of the first people lining up to exchange a yellow coupon for foodstuffs, just in time for Christmas. Continue reading

Wednesday, deadline to request Christmas RTD bus service

Stockton, CA / RTD through Bilingual Weekly
On Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25, 2010, and on New Year’s Day, Saturday, January 1, 2011, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will not operate its regular fixed route bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, Trolley, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services. Continue reading

Winter Wonderland Skating


Stockton, CA/ Bilingual Weekly
Today and for the third straight year, the Stockton Arena opens its ice field for everyone’s skating enjoyment.
Coinciding with the Christmas spirit —and Stockton schools’ Winter Break— the Arena will offer four 1:45 minutes skating sessions for three consecutive days starting today Monday, December 20th through Wednesday December 22th. Admission is $5 per person at the door with skate rental.
“Come out with your non-perishable food items such as canned goods and receive a $1 discount on entry,” said Stockton Arena’s Arlene Galindo, “the food will be donated to our local food bank.”
The Arena’s ice field is the same where the Stockton Thunder hockey team wins once and again. There will be hot coffee and chocolate available for purchase, as well as other stands, added Galindo.

Session Times:
Session 1 – 1:00pm to 2:45pm
Session 2 – 3:00pm to 4:45pm
Session 3 – 5:00pm to 6:45pm
Session 4 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm (FINAL SESSION)

Skate rental available in a variety of sizes on a first come first serve basis. For group tickets, call (209) 373-1400

Neither rain nor cold stop LULAC’s Baskets


Stockton, CA / Bilingual Weekly
It was a cold morning, but the spirit was warm as every Saturday before Christmas as over a hundred volunteers from different organizations and groups gathered at East Stockton’s Commodities Warehouse. Continue reading

Senate filibuster kills DREAM Act

DREAM Act vigil in Stockton

Bilingual Weekly / Bilingual Weekly
Disappointment. That’s the way President Barack Obama and the two California Senators called today’s vote on the DREAM Act —although a majority, it lacked five votes to reach the 60 YEAHs necessary to pass —effectively eliminating any possibility for a legislation in the near future. Continue reading

The Gift of Family Time

Strengthening family ties during the holidays and beyond

Lani Schiff-Ross, Executive Director / First 5 San Joaquin
Special to Bilingual Weekly

We all have such busy schedules that it can be a challenge to find time to spend together as a family. But quality time is important because when parents learn and play with their children every day, it boosts a child’s self-esteem and helps kids develop positive relationships. Continue reading

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