Datebook: What's happening in our town
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Humorous speech contest

WHEN: 7 to 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: Perko’s Café, 1321 W. 11th St.

DETAILS: Listeners can laugh and leadirn as Tracy Toastmasters members compete for the humorous speech title.

COST: Free

INFO: Chad Wood,

Historical exhibit entries due

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: Last day to submit photographs, objects and memorabilia from Tracy’s history to the gallery director for a Centennial Celebration Historical Exhibition, which opens Sept. 11.

INFO: William Wilson, 831-6278 or

Saturday, Aug. 21

D.A.R.E. Healthy Alternatives Faire

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Dr. Powers Park, 900 W. Lowell Ave.

DETAILS: D.A.R.E. and Flow Yoga Studio will host a family-friendly day of games, yoga and activities to support Drug Abuse Resistance Education in Tracy.

COST: Free

INFO: Silvia Kruse, 830-0405

Jefferson School’s 80th anniversary

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Jefferson School, 7500 W. Linne Road

DETAILS: Everyone who has attended, worked at or been associated with the rural school is invited to celebrate its 80th anniversary with a barbecue lunch, an open house, live music and a display of photos from throughout the school’s history.

COST: Tri-tip lunch, $8; hot dog lunch, $4

INFO: 836-388 or

Corvette owners picnic

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Lincoln Park, Eaton Avenue between Holly Drive and East Street

DETAILS: A picnic and get-together sponsored by Tracy Corvette owners and the Glass Pack Corvette Club will include food for purchase, trivia, games and music, as well as awards for the best engine, upholstery, wheels and paint.

COST: $10 to register a car

INFO: Bill Kaska, 836-4491 or 510-773-7066

Tracy Volunteer Caregivers Luau

WHEN: 6 p.m.

WHERE: St. Bernard’s Church Hall, 165 W. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: Tickets are available at Main Street Music, Reich’s Pharmacy, Gerard’s Deli, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, First Tracy Mortgage and Sousa Realty and Development. The nonprofit’s biggest fundraiser of the year will include an auction, raffle, dinner and entertainment.

COST: $30

INFO: Tracy Volunteer Caregivers, 835-2772; or Mike McLellan,

Music in the Park

WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Central Community Park, 25 E. Central Parkway, in Mountain House

DETAILS: Main Street Music All-Stars, a jazz and funk band, will close the summer music series. Families are encouraged to take blankets and picnics to enjoy the show.

COST: Free


Concerts at the Gazebo with Megan Slankard

WHEN: 6:30 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Windmill Ridge Winery, 8350 W. Linne Road

DETAILS: The Tracy native singer-songwriter will return for her third concert on the lawn at Windmill Ridge. Attendees are invited to take a picnic and lawn chairs and buy soda, wine or beer from the winery.

COST: $10 per person

INFO: 836-388 or

Tuesday, Aug. 24

First day of classes for Lammersville schools

DETAILS: Students will return to Lammersville, Wicklund, and Bethany elementary schools after the summer break.



Kendall School open house

WHERE: The Kendall School, 475 Darlene Lane

DETAILS: This therapy center for children with autism spectrum disorders will celebrate its sixth annual open house and birthday party in Tracy. The school will also recognize attorney Debra Wright, an advocate for children with special needs, for her work with Families Advocating Individual Rights.

INFO: Allyson Moore, site coordinator, 832-7756

Chamber of Commerce mixer

WHEN: 5 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Willbanks & Wood, 1047 S. Tracy Blvd.

DETAILS: Chamber members and other business people are invited to take business cards for networking.

INFO: 835-4366


Free prostate screening

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, Surgical Services Entrance, corner of Bessie Avenue and Beverly Place

DETAILS: No appointment is needed for this walk-in screening, performed by urologist Dr. Salman Razi.

COST: Free

INFO: 832-6511 or

Diabetes fair

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Civic Center, 333 Civic Center Drive

DETAILS: The first diabetes fair at the civic center, hosted by Nutrition Studio and Diabetes Care Center Inc., will help people learn about diabetes, as well as eat and hang out.

COST: Free

INFO: 832-3432

St. Bernard’s golf tournament

WHEN: Noon check-in and lunch, 1 p.m. shotgun start; 6 p.m. dinner

WHERE: Tracy Golf & Country Club, 35200 S. Chrisman Road

DETAILS: St. Bernard’s Catholic School’s 19th annual golf fundraiser will feature lunch, 18 holes of golf, a putting contest, a silent auction, prizes and a dinner reception. Registration closes Aug. 13.

COST: $125 per player, $25 for dinner only

INFO: Randy Cabral, 456-3332; Karl Kronenberg, 836-0508; or Jim Petersen, 207-8024

Wellness bingo

WHEN: 1 to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Serenity Massage Studio, 1912 W. Grant Line Road

DETAILS: Participants can win prizes to include massages, yoga and dance classes, reiki sessions and gift baskets. Children’s and teens’ activities are planned. Reservations are required.

COST: Free admission; bingo cards $3 and up

INFO: 221-6416 or

Home winemaking workshop

WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Delicato Vineyards tasting room, Highway 99 and French Camp Road, in Manteca

DETAILS: Those looking to hone their winemaking skills can drop by for a free workshop at the valley winery. Reservations should be made, as space fills quickly.

INFO: Jane Schwartz, 824-3401 or

Women’s outreach social

WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: Share the Scoop returns to Tracy, with more than a dozen churches partnering for the women’s outreach event. Registration begins at noon, the event begins at 1 p.m., and the ice cream social starts at 4.


Saturday, Sept. 4

ETE modular trains in motion

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Historical Museum, 1141 Adam St.

DETAILS: The display continues Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 17.

COST: Free

INFO: 832-7278

Home winemaking workshop

WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Delicato Vineyards tasting room, Highway 99 and French Camp Road, in Manteca

DETAILS: Those looking to hone their winemaking skills can drop by for a free workshop at the valley winery. Reservations should be made, as space fills quickly.

INFO: Jane Schwartz, 824-3401 or

Celebrate VJ Day

WHEN: 2 p.m. registration, 6 p.m. dinner and ceremonies

WHERE: Lexington Hotel, 110 W. Fremont St., in Stockton

DETAILS: All are welcome to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the surrender of Japan in World War II with U.S. military veterans, who will be honored for their service and sacrifice

TICKETS: $40 each

INFO: Charles Norton, 835-2073

Tuesday, Sept. 7

Academy opens its doors

WHEN: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: New Guidance Academy, 3776 W. Grant Line Road

DETAILS: Kindergarten and first-grade students will start the year at the private elementary school designed to use dance, music, drama and visual arts to foster student proficiency in California education standards.

INFO: 879-9354

Friday, Sept. 10

Diabetes support group

WHEN: Noon, second Friday of each month

WHERE: Healthy Connections, 35 E. 10th St.

DETAILS: Meet other people with diabetes along with an educator in a relaxed environment to share and learn about coping with the disease.

COST: Free

INFO: 832-3432

Saturday, Sept. 11

2010 Bean Run

WHEN: 8 a.m.; same-day registration, 6 a.m. at City Hall

WHERE: Starts in downtown Tracy; ends at Lincoln Park

DETAILS: This 5- or 10-kilometer run includes awards for first- through third-place finishers in each age group, a T-shirt and refreshments after the race.

COST: $20 pre-registration; $25 day of race

INFO: Tracy Chamber of Commerce, 835-2131 or; or

Tracy Dry Bean Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Tracy

DETAILS: The annual celebration of local legumes will feature a children’s craft area, games and vendors, four stages of entertainment and an expansive Bean Town pavilion with tastings and beans for purchase.

INFO: 835-2131 or

Bean festival car show

WHEN: During the Tracy Dry Bean Festival

WHERE: 10th Street in downtown Tracy

DETAILS: The Tracy Chamber of Commerce invites owners of classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles and low riders to sign up for a show that will add some shine to the Tracy Dry Bean Festival. Register to join the day in the sun through the Tracy Chamber, 223 E. 10th St., Tracy CA 95376; or Jon Mendelson at the Tracy Press, 145 W. 10th St., Tracy CA 95376.

COST: $25 pre-registration; $30 after Saturday, Aug. 21

Anniversary weekend at the Grand

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: The downtown arts center will celebrate its fourth anniversary with a show by comedian John Heffron, art activities and demonstrations, an open house and tours.

INFO: or 831-6858

Historical exhibit opens

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: As a collaboration with the community, the Grand galleries will display photographs, objects and memorabilia from Tracy’s history in a Centennial Celebration Historical Exhibition. Submissions for consideration for the show may be directed to the gallery director through today, Aug. 20.

INFO: William Wilson, 831-6278 or

Sunday, Sept. 12

Tracy Dry Bean Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Tracy

DETAILS: The annual celebration of local legumes will feature a children’s craft area, games and vendors, four stages of entertainment and an expansive Bean Town pavilion with tastings and beans for purchase.

INFO: 835-2131 or

Bean festival chili cook-off

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Central Avenue, between Ninth and 10th streets

DETAILS: Contestants will cook up pots of chili including beans provided by the festival. Prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m., and spectators can sample the chili after judging. Complete rules can be found online.

INFO: 835-2131 or


Vendors needed for multicultural fair

DETAILS: Traina School is accepting applications for vendors for the upcoming Traina Around the World Multicultural Event on Oct. 23. Organizers seek food and craft sellers, small businesses and entertainment troupes for this upcoming fundraiser.

INFO: Morgan Malsack, 207-8653 or

Free clothing available

DETAILS: The Because of Marcus clothing drive has clothes and shoes for those in need. Garments are available at no cost in most styles and virtually all sizes, from newborns through adults. Those interested can call or e-mail to set up a time and place to peruse and pick up items. More information can be found online at and

INFO: Jennifer Spikes, 627-0207 or

Library activities for families

WHEN: Various days and times

WHERE: Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: The Tracy library hosts weekly story times and book clubs for readers of all levels. More information is available online or at the library.


Preschool story time in Mountain House

WHEN: 2 p.m. Tuesdays

WHERE: Mountain House Branch Library, 579 Wicklund Crossing

DETAILS: Preschoolers and their families are invited for half an hour of stories, poetry, songs, fingerplays and movement.


Mindfulness Meditation

WHEN: 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays; 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Fridays

WHERE: Flow Yoga Studio, 3602 Mars Way, Ste. 125

DETAILS: Guided sitting meditation and topic discussion

COST: Free; donations welcome

INFO: Silvia Kruse, 830-0405; Abhilasha, 834-1511; or

Volunteer gardeners wanted

DETAILS: The Tracy Homeless Coalition has acquired a 12-foot-by-25-foot garden plot and plans to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for the homeless. The coalition is looking for garden lovers to manage and maintain it. Responsibilities include soil preparation, selecting plants and planting them, maintenance and harvest.

INFO: Marvin Rothschild, 914-5242

Scrapbooking opportunity

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursdays

WHERE: Seventh-day Adventist Church in Tracy, 2025 Holly Drive

DETAILS: Take your own supplies or use what is available to make scrapbooks as part of this engaging group.

COST: Free

INFO: 835-5342

Kids’ entertainment at Chili’s

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Sundays

WHERE: Chili’s Grill & Bar, 2030 W. Grant Line Road

DETAILS: Face painting, magic, balloon twisting and more with local clowns Sparkles and Ravioli

COST: Free

Book club

WHEN: Second Wednesday of each month, 9 a.m.

WHERE: Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 Ninth St.

DETAILS: Each month, a title will be selected and participants will get together for coffee, snacks and a discussion of the book. Call for this month’s selection.

INFO: 831-4230

Volunteers for Road for Recovery

DETAILS: The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteer drivers to offer cancer patients safe and friendly transportation to and from their treatments.

INFO: Molly Bolognini, 941-2679

Summer open-swim hours

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends through Sept. 5; 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 6

WHERE: Pinkie Phillips Aquatic Center at West High, 1775 W. Lowell Ave.

COST: $2 per person or $15 for a 10-visit pass; free for infants and toddlers up to 2 years old

DETAILS: Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

INFO: 831-6200 or online activity guide

Class of 1970 classmate search

DETAILS: Tracy High School’s Class of 1970 is planning its 40th reunion for Sept. 11 at the Tracy Elks Lodge and is searching for classmates. Those who want to help contact classmates are invited to call for more information.

INFO: Debbie Castro Grimstead, 835-6185; or Karen Workinger Corbin, 836-2376

Gymnasium open for games

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturdays

WHERE: Seventh-day Adventist Christian School gym, corner of West 21st Street and Court Drive

DETAILS: The school opens its gym for basketball, volleyball and other games.

INFO: 835-6607

Tracy Farmers Market

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

WHERE: Downtown Tracy, 10th Street between Central Avenue and B Street

DETAILS: Visit the year-round farmers market in downtown Tracy for the best locally grown fruits and vegetables.


Donations for the homeless

DETAILS: The Tracy Coalition of Citizens to Assist the Homeless is looking for donations of furniture and household items to help homeless people being placed in housing.

INFO: Marvin Rothschild, 832-5715

Salsa class

WHEN: 7 p.m. Mondays

WHERE: Portuguese Hall, 430 W. Ninth St.

DETAILS: Salsa instructors Christina and Dan Ocampo will host salsa classes on Mondays. Partners are not required and drop-ins are welcomed.

COST: $8

INFO: 207-9644 or

Yoga weight-loss meeting

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. Saturdays

WHERE: Flow Yoga Studio, 3602 Mars Way, Ste. 125

COST: Free

INFO: 830-0405 or

Pet adoptions

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 4 p.m. Sundays

WHERE: West Valley Mall, 3200 N. Naglee Road

DETAILS: A rescue group will have pet adoption fairs at the mall on weekends in hopes of getting more animals adopted faster. All dogs are neutered or spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, and cats are neutered or spayed and vaccinated.

COST: Cats, $75; dogs, $250

INFO: 642-4324

Animal adoption fair

WHEN: 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., first two weekends of each month

WHERE: Petsmart, 2477 Naglee Road

DETAILS: No Place Like Home Animal Rescue will have cats, kittens, dogs and puppies available to adopt. All animals are spayed or neutered before adoption and are up to date on shots.

COST: $225 for a dog, $95 for a cat

INFO: Terrence Harris, 207-3285; or

Cat adoption

WHERE: Petco, 2888 W. Grant Line Road

DETAILS: Animal Rescue of Tracy features cats for adoption continuously in its adoption center at Petco. The cats and kittens are rotated every two weeks.a

COST: $75 adoption fee, which includes spay or neuter, vaccines, flea treatment and deworming

INFO: 609-8220

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