Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC) protects and defends more than two million acres of natural spaces across the northern Yosemite region. The organization’s staff works to reduce clear cutting, road construction, and pollution to ensure that the forest, water, and meadow wilderness areas remain pristine. Apart from educational outreach to schools and communities, the staff gets its hands dirty sampling the water quality in forest streams and surveying meadows to locate areas of environmental damage. CSERC also sponsors restoration projects for meadows and streams, maintains remote camera stations to detect rare wildlife species, and works to find solutions to difficult environmental issues.
Bob & Tom Show regulars, Ms. Pat and Dan St. Paul team up for an adult-oriented night of comedy. If her four children are lucky, Ms. Pat will stop short of literally airing their dirty laundry during her in-depth description of topics ranging from her eldest's intimate football gear to her 6-year-old daughter's ambitious designs on the drive-thru menu. Dan St. Paul is perhaps best known for his car-endangeringly hilarious broadcast of a baseball game made up of Biblical all-stars, and is wont to wax sarcastic on his freakishly large son and money-saving healthcare tips such as getting your x-rays done at the airport. Charity Way Ballroom at the Elks Lodge will be fitted with a full bar for the evening of entertainment.
The Downtown Stockton Pub Crawl, aka “The CRAWL” is held several times a year. Crawlers start at the Historic Hotel Stockton and enjoy drinks, appetizers, costume contests, live entertainment, and safe trolley transportation.
Sweet sounds and spicy flavors permeate the annual Taste of San Joaquin, which attracts local merchants and bands for a cook-off under the summer sun. During the fest, a BBQ competition will feature smoky creations. Patrons can sample pork ribs, loaded baked potatoes, and beef brisket off the grill while sipping on frosty beers. Kids can play in the activity area with face paint and activities, while live bands cover everything from blues classics to lively Latin tunes.
Proceeds from the event go to stimulate the local economy and support nonprofits, with $0.80 of every dollar spent going to the locally owned business that sponsored the food and $0.20 going to a local charity. In the past four years, the Taste has donated more than $10,000 to local nonprofit organizations such as the San Joaquin Bike Coalition and the Child Abuse Prevention Council.
A helping hand for the local Hmong and Southeast Asian Communities, Lao Family Community Empowerment strives to empower and provide outreach for those who need it. Since forming in 1984, the organization has helped Hmong refugees in Northern California find stability, education, and a sense of community through its specialized programs and health initiatives. Lao also puts on the Stockton Hmong New Year Celebration each year to help preserve and showcase cultural traditions.
Cecilio & Kapono have crafted breezy Polynesian tunes since 1973, releasing more than a dozen albums and touring with such notables as Peter Frampton and Santana. This year, the duo launched its C&K Back in the Day tour, which transports listeners to the '70s with lush vocal harmonies and a vintage Volkswagen Beetle that pulls up to each seat. Instead of carving a saxophone from a coconut, guests can enjoy mellow numbers such as "Lovin' in Your Eyes" and "I Am The Other Man" from the comfort of top-tier seats. Guitars and ukuleles will swathe the crowd in romance, prompting episodes of handholding and tandem piggyback rides. Visitors can also watch opening performances by local Hawaiian-pop band Ho’okipa Centrale and the Hiva Nui hula troupe.