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“Dear Stockton Smile You Are Loved” New Downtown Mural

 STOCKTON, CA- “Dear Stockton Smile You Are Loved,” is the message that the reads the new mural on 240 N. Hunter Street in downtown Stockton.

 The mural  “Dear Stockton” is a collaboration between Benjamin Saffold,  a group of local artists, and JF Donaldson Tires ; it  was completed last Sunday, August 26 after three days of work. 

Photo Credit: Dear Stockton Project

 Local artist, Joel Aaron Munoz created the design for mural that is now part of the city of Stockton as part of the “Dear Stockton Project” and ongoing project that allows the community to demonstrate their love for the city of Stockton.

“The mural magnifies the message of Dear Stockton to another level,” said Benjamin Saffold, founder of the Dear Stockton project. “What better positive message can there be?  To say dear Stockton smile you are loved, that is something that is already true but is not something that is always on the front page of the newspaper.”

“There is people that love Stockton that have not had a microphone in front of them, that have not been interviewed or asked about how they see Stockton,” added Saffold.   

And so the “Dear Stockton Project” gives the space for community to express themselves.  

“I hope it inspires some of the young kids in the community that work can be done with local business support youth and art activity” said JFDonaldsonTire owner, Jim Donaldson in a video produced by Saffold prior to the completion of the mural. “Which leads to the support of our city and hopefully a new birth to Stockton after the troubles we been going through, give some hope for all of here in Stockton that things can definitely get better.”

Local Galleries offer coordinated effort of Art

Stockton, CA — for the second month in a row art galleries, not-for-profit organizations, and independent artist, and businesses orchestrated art exhibits in what has become ART Splash.  Continue reading

Children Showcase their new music talents: Harmony Stockton

STOCKTON, CA—Delighted community members sat quietly as they listened to the musical abilities of K-8 students; Harmony Stockton students held their first spring concert on Thursday May 10 at Marshall Elementary School.  The hour long concert featured performances with violins, recorders and a chorus. Continue reading

Cinco de Mayo Parade Winners

STOCKTON, CA –  Sunday May 6, 2012 the Coalition of Mexican American organizations (COMA) held their annual Cinco de Mayo parade in Downtown Stockton. COMA hires a professional judges association, Pacific COast Judges Association, to judge the parade and give awards to the best parade entries with the theme of ‘Peace in the Valley.’ Continue reading

Stockton Symphony closes classics series with power Pianist

STOCKTON, CA – Maestro Peter Jaffe conducts the Stockton Symphony’s season-closing Classics concerts featuring Italian pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi on Thursday, April 12, and Saturday, April 14. The concerts will be held at the Warren Atherton Auditorium on the San Joaquin Delta College campus. Continue reading

If you missed it: The State of the Union Address

Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address

United States Capitol Washington, D.C. 9:10 P.M. ET

State of the Union Address

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The 2011 Top 10 Stories Most Read

As we begin 2012, Bilingual Weekly’s newsroom extracted the top 10 most read stories during the last 352 days.  Please note that the top 10 stories were not selected by the Bilingual Weekly’s staff, our team ran the English website’s analytics’ report which evaluates the hits received daily and it ranked each story from the highest number of hits to the lowest ranking in local news coverage. The following stories are briefs of the top 10 stories you, our readers clicked on.

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MODESTO, CA – (November 28, 2011) – Soul and R&B singer and musician Aaron Neville will appear at the Gallo Center for the Arts for a Christmas performance on Tuesday, December 20 at 7:00 PM. Neville is known for his 1966 hit single “Tell It Like It Is,” and his collaborated duets with Linda Ronstadt; “Don’t Know Much,” “All My Life,” and “When Something is Wrong with My Baby.”

Tickets for this performance range from $15 19 to $45. A 15% discount is available for groups of 15 or more. For tickets or more information, visit or call (209) 338-2100.

Neville has released over 20 singles; including three #1 hits on the Adult Contemporary format and a fourth on the R&B format. His versatile sound and duet work with other outstanding artists have led to 12 Grammy nominations, 3 Grammy awards, one Dove nomination, and one Academy of Country music nomination.

For Aaron Neville, there is an equally intimate connection between his music and the faith that has sustained him for his entire life. Through challenge and tragedy, he’s managed to thrive, protecting both his heart and his voice. Ask him how and he says simply this: “He who sings once, prays twice.”

Information Provided by The Gallo Center

Opinion: Art and Education






Sarah Lippincott, BFA

K-12 classrooms are often in the center of a debate on trimming the budget through cutting the arts. Should we keep art classes, teachers, and the supplies that tag along with it? Could the funding better serve the students and community through Math, Science, English and other topics of interest?

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Independence for Mexican Arts Organization

ith more than 7,500 square feet, the location, “offers further growth in potential partnerships, fundraising events, dance classes, exhibits, education and a coffee shop,” envisioned Gracie Madrid Treasurer of the Center.

Illustration of Angelique at the Mexican Heritage Center by Ra. | by Sarah Lippincott


 (bw) STOCKTON,C A  — Reflecting in a Mirror at the Mexican heritage Center’s dance hall, Angelique Grijabla- a dance instructor for children, practices her dance moves. It is both a look into the future for the Mexican Heritage Center and a figurative look into the past. Continue reading

Whiffenpoofs, Yale’s Singing Group to Perform at UC Merced

The Whiffenpoofs, a 103-year-old a cappella group from Yale University, 
will kick off the 2011-12 season of Arts UC Merced Presents

MERCED, Calif. — The Whiffenpoofs, Yale University’s world-famous a cappella singing group, will make history when it performs this fall at the University of California, Merced. It will be the group’s first visit to the San Joaquin Valley, and their first performance at any UC campus. Continue reading

University of the Pacific names Simon Rowe to be next director of Brubeck Institute

University of the Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck announced the appointment of Simon B. Rowe, DMA, as the next director of the Brubeck Institute. An established jazz pianist, Rowe is currently associate professor of music at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he leads the Music Industry Program, teaches on the jazz studies faculty, and leads the Simon Rowe Trio. He will begin at the Brubeck Institute on September 20. Continue reading

New Mural on Alpine Avenue Promotes Business and Faith

STOCKTON , CA— Drive west bound on Stockton’s Alpine Avenue; and you may come across a new mural adorning the east wall of TOCUMBO — a Latino ice cream shop.

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Chis Isaak honored in Stockton Arts Awards 

Stockton, CA -Thursday, Sept. 29th, at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel (formerly called the Lexington) the Stockton Arts Commission will dedicate a night to honoring some of Stockton’s leading artists, art patrons and volunteers in the annual Arts Awards Celebration. Continue reading

Cambios en la Marea Galería Explora Nuevas Paredes
STOCKTON, CA – La Galería de Arte TideWater planea en girar exposiciones de arte dentro del Edificio de Administración del Condado ubicado en el Céntro de Stockton, CA.  De acuerdo a el Artista y Afiliado del Directorio Denny Ah-Tye las exhibiciones en el Edificio de Administración del Condado durarán durante el verano como parte de los Artwalks (Paseos de Arte) y el espera, “exhibir a largo plazo en el edificio de condado”.

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