Datebook: What's happening in our town
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Friday, Sept. 17

St. Bernard’s Parish Fall Festival begins

WHEN: 5 to 10 p.m.; also 12:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: St. Bernard’s church grounds, 163 W. Eaton Ave.; and Holy Family Center, 12100 W. Valpico Road

DETAILS: Free entertainment, silent auctions, games for children and adults, foods of all types, a family dinner and bingo will be on tap during this annual celebration. A live auction and dinner at the Holy Family Center will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday

COST: Free admission; dinner-auction reservations, $50

INFO: 835-4560

THS student-directed play

WHEN: 7 p.m.; also Saturday, Sept. 18

WHERE: Emma Baumgardner Theater at Tracy High School, 315 E. 11th St.

DETAILS: “Independence,” written by Lee Blessing, tells the story of a family of four women, each seeking her own independence. The play is directed by Tracy High student Elise Hudak, starring classmates Mitzi Gaitan (Sherry), Andrea Huckaba (Evelyn), Daven Mahedy (Kess) and Samantha Pyne (Jo).

COST: $5

Chess tournament

WHEN: 4:45 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Freiler School multipurpose room, 2421 W. Lowell Ave.

DETAILS: The Tracy Youth Chess Club hosts a youth tournament, with registration lasting from 4:45 p.m. and games starting at 6:15 p.m. Kids through high school age will compete in groups by ability. Chess sets will be provided.

COST: $10

INFO: Tom Langland, 629-1674 or

Saturday, Sept. 18

Parking lot sale

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

WHERE: Corral Hollow Realty World parking lot, near Ninth and B streets downtown

DETAILS: A sale of donated goods will help the Coalition of Tracy Citizens to Assist the Homeless continue its efforts to feed, clothe and house local individuals and families in need. Donations of usable items can be dropped off between 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, and from 6 to 8 a.m. the day of the sale.

INFO: Marvin Rothschild, 914-5242

Martial-arts studio grand opening

WHEN: 10 a.m.

WHERE: JoJo’s Martial Arts Academy, 770 W. Clover Road

DETAILS: The city’s newest martial arts studio has its grand opening, complete with a demonstration and luncheon to follow.

INFO: 832-0579

Celebrate Mexican independence

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: MacDonald Park, at Central Avenue and First Street

DETAILS: Music, food, arts and crafts, a car show and handball tournament will be on tap during the Southside Community Organization’s celebration of Mexico’s 200th anniversary of independence from Spanish rule. The day is also a fundraiser for the Guadalupe Community Center building fund.

INFO: 836-9687

Children’s Dance Showcase

WHEN: 7 p.m.

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

DETAILS: Dance students will perform favorite acts from past years.

INFO: or 831-6858

Sunday, Sept. 19

D.A.R.E. car wash fundraiser

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Big O Tires parking lot, Central Avenue and 10th Street

DETAILS: A free car wash and tire rotation event — with food from Helm’s Ale House — is on tap courtesy of Big O Tires. Donations will help fund the Tracy D.A.R.E. program, which encourages kids to steer clear of drugs and alcohol.

COST: Free, but donations accepted

Train show ends

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

WHERE: Tracy Historical Museum, 1141 Adam St.

DETAILS: Last day of the European Train Enthusiasts’ model train display, which began Sept. 4

COST: Free

INFO: 832-7278

Republican scholarship fundraiser

WHEN: 3 p.m.

WHERE: The home of Debbie Elliott

DETAILS: The Tracy Republican Women’s Club will host an annual scholarship fundraiser, which raises money to help college-bound women of all political stripes attend school. The afternoon will include wine tasting.

INFO: For cost and details, 835-1263 or 835-8222

Monday, Sept. 20

First day of Grief Share class

WHEN: Mondays, beginning Sept. 20

WHERE: Calvary Chapel Tracy, 500 N. Corral Hollow Road

DETAILS: This class is designed for those who have lost a friend or relative.

COST: Free

INFO: 839-8099 or

Tuesday, Sept. 21

American Legion Auxiliary meeting

WHEN: Noon

WHERE: Perko’s Café, 1321 W. 11th St.

INFO: 835-1429

Wednesday, Sept. 22

Senior center dance

WHEN: 4 to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 E. Ninth St.

DETAILS: Men and women age 55 and older are invited to dress up and take a friend for an evening of dancing and fun. Music and snacks will set the mood.

COST: $5

INFO: 831-4230

Friday, Sept. 24

Traina School book fair

WHEN: All day; pajama story time, 6 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, West Valley Mall, 3150 Naglee Road

DETAILS: A percentage of all purchases made in the store with a Traina School flier or online with the Traina book fair ID will benefit the school. Children can wear their PJs for story time in the evening.

INFO: 832-9744 or (book fair ID 10269694)

Last day to sign up for Kids in a Box

WHEN: 4 p.m. Oct. 1 through 8 a.m. Oct. 2

WHERE: St. Bernard’s Catholic School, 163 W. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: For this annual fundraiser, more than 300 girls and boys will camp out in decorated cardboard boxes with a goal of raising $30,000 in donations for Tracy’s McHenry House Family Shelter. Participants can sign up using a form available on the Kids in a Box website; space is limited to the first 350. Forms should be returned to the St. Bernard’s office, 163 W. Eaton Ave., between 8 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or to the McHenry House office at 739 A St.

COST: Each participant must raise at least $50 in donations.

INFO: McHenry House Family Shelter, 835-2328; or

Taste of Tracy

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Civic Center Plaza

DETAILS: Local restaurants will serve samples of their cuisine, wineries will pour and Spanish Nights will provide live music.

COST: $10 for seven food and three wine tastings

INFO: 831-6858

Main Street Jazz Presents

WHEN: 8 p.m.

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

DETAILS: The Grand lobbies will be transformed into a jazz nightclub as nu-class jazz band Panthelion, with Tracy’s Jeff Bordes, performs. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be available.

INFO: or 831-6858

Saturday, Sept. 25

Citywide garage sale

WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Throughout Tracy’s east side

DETAILS: Households east of Tracy Boulevard will host garage and yard sales during this citywide event sponsored by the public works department.

INFO: 831-4331

Community health resource fair

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

WHERE: Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd.

DETAILS: The hospital will offer free health screenings, access to community and county resources and information about health topics. A limited number of free whooping cough and tetanus booster shots for will be available for uninsured people age 11 and older.

INFO: 832-6511

Traina School book fair

WHEN: All day; breakfast for parents, 9 a.m.

WHERE: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, West Valley Mall, 3150 Naglee Road

DETAILS: The school band will perform, and a percentage of all purchases made in the store with a Traina School flier or online with the Traina book fair ID will benefit the school.

INFO: 832-9744 or (book fair ID 10269694)

Break the Silence on Domestic Violence walk

WHEN: 9:30 a.m.; registration from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Begins and ends at Starbucks Coffee, 1857 W. 11th St.

DETAILS: This eighth annual walk will benefit the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County.

COST: $10 to register

INFO: or 941-2611

Mother’s club annual potluck picnic

WHEN: 11 a.m.

DETAILS: The picnic is for members and potential members. Location will be provided upon RSVP.

INFO: Tiffanie Heben, 830-9611 or

Tracy High Class of 1990 reunion

WHEN: 6 p.m.

WHERE: Windmill Ridge Winery, 8350 W. Linne Road

DETAILS: The 20th reunion of the Tracy High School Class of 1990 is on tap. Join fellow Bulldogs for a cocktail hour, dinner, dancing and lots of story-sharing. Dinner and nonalcoholic beverages are included in the cost of the reunion, and there will be a no-host bar for alcohol. Visit for details.


Sunday, Sept. 26

Tracy Hills Wine & Music Festival

WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE: La Bonne Vie Cellars, 29181 S. Lehman Road; Ramon Rios Winery, 8458 W. Linne Road; and Windmill Ridge Winery, 8350 W. Linne Road

DETAILS: The three wineries of the Tracy Hills Growers and Vintners Association will host their third annual day of wine tasting, music and food.

COST: Free entry; event glasses, $20 to 25

INFO:, or

Thursday, Sept. 30

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ opens

WHEN: Through Oct. 3

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

DETAILS: Blanche DuBois, an aging Southern debutante, arrives at her sister Stella’s home in New Orleans hoping to start a new life after losing her ancestral mansion, her job and her reputation.

COST: $15

INFO: or 831-6858

Hair Illusions cutathon

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Hair Illusions, 1015 Central Ave.

DETAILS: All proceeds will go to the City of Hope cancer foundation.

COST: Minimum donation of $25 for cut and blow-dry

INFO: Rosa Cisneroz, 836-1020

Friday, Oct. 1

Senior fashion show

WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 E. Ninth St.

DETAILS: Dress Barn has teamed up with Lolly Hansen Senior Center for a showcase of the coming season’s fashions. Vendors will offer beauty and fashion wares.

COST: Free

INFO: 831-4230

Kids in a Box

WHEN: 4 p.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: St. Bernard’s Catholic School, 163 W. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: For this annual fundraiser, more than 300 girls and boys will camp out in decorated cardboard boxes with a goal of raising $30,000 in donations for Tracy’s McHenry House Family Shelter.

COST: Each participant must raise at least $50.

INFO: McHenry House Family Shelter, 835-2328;; or

Saturday, Oct. 2

Wayne Nelson Golf Tournament

WHEN: Noon to 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Reserve at Spanos Park, 6301 W. Eight Mile Road, in Stockton

DETAILS: The Tracy African American Association will host its annual Wayne Nelson Academic Scholarship Golf Tournament fundraiser. The group has awarded more than $62,000 in college scholarships to date. Entry fee includes lunch, dinner, cart and greens fees, trophies and prizes.

COST: $139 per golfer; $40 dinner only

INFO: Registration, James Atkins, 610-3515; sponsorship, Nate Terry, 601-6311; or

Sunday, Oct. 3

U Need 2 Raiders trip

WHERE: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland

DETAILS: U Need 2, a Tracy-based nonprofit that helps give kids computer and technical skills for the future, will take kids on a trip to see the Oakland Raiders play the Houston Texans. Tickets are discounted, and a portion of the ticket sales goes to help the nonprofit. U Need 2 also sells tickets as a fundraiser to all other Raiders home games. For ticket cost and a meet-up time, visit the group’s website.


Tuesday, Oct. 5

Multicultural crafts at library

WHEN: 4 p.m.

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

DETAILS: A collection of stories and crafts from around the world are planned for children ages 3 through 12.

COST: Free

INFO: 937-8221 or

Saturday, Oct. 9

E-waste collection

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

WHERE: Boyd Service Center, 520 Tracy Blvd., Gate 1

DETAILS: Residents and businesses can drop off unwanted electronics, used household batteries and light bulbs, cardboard and Styrofoam (No. 6 only). A complete list of restrictions can be found online. Sponsored by the city of Tracy and San Joaquin County.

COST: Free

INFO: Public works, 831-4420; or

Boys and Girls Clubs dinner-auction


WHERE: Scarlata Farms, 28557 S. Lehman Road

DETAILS: Gourmet food and wine will be paired with silent and live auctions at a Tracy vineyard to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tracy.

COST: $65; $500 for a table of eight

INFO: 832-2582

‘Come Together’ Beatles tribute concert

WHEN: 8 p.m.

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

DETAILS: This multimedia touring show combines nearly three-dozen Beatles hits, recreating the look and sound of the Fab Four.

COST: $28 to $38

INFO: or 831-6858

Friday, Oct. 10

Family caregiver education

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 E. Ninth St.

DETAILS: Those who care for aging parents or other relatives are invited to share questions and learn more about how to handle the challenges and responsibilities. Today’s topic is planning ahead for a health crisis

COST: Free

Thursday, Oct. 14

Starting a Business workshop

WHEN: Noon

WHERE: 223 E. 10th St.

DETAILS: This workshop covers legal requirements, financing and free resources for people looking to start a business. A resource guide to starting and operating a small business is included.

COST: $15

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

Friday, Oct. 15

‘Grease’ opens

WHEN: Through Oct. 17

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

DETAILS: This favorite musical will thrill audiences of all ages with timeless songs and classic characters.

COST: $18

INFO: or 831-6858

Saturday, Oct. 16

Project Rescue dinner-auction

WHEN: 4 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Ramon Rios Vineyard & Winery, 8458 W. Linne Road

DETAILS: Wine tasting, fine dining, live reggae music and a silent auction will star at this fundraiser to help people in Nigeria who lack safe, clean water. Sponsored by Chichi Console International, proceeds will benefit Project Rescue: A Clean Water and Sanitation Project.

COST: $30

INFO: Chichi Jack,; 485-2820; or

Thursday, Oct. 21

Business development seminar

WHEN: Noon

WHERE: 223 E. 10th St.

COST: $10

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

Saturday, Oct. 23

Traina School multicultural festival

WHERE: Traina School, 4256 Windsong Drive

DETAILS: The festival is accepting applications for vendors for its upcoming Around the World multicultural celebration. Organizers still seek volunteers to help out, as well as food, craft, small-business and entertainment vendors.

INFO: Morgan Malsack, 207-8653; Sue Bosch, 814-2027; or

Praise dance concert at the Grand

WHEN: 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

DETAILS: “The Spirit of Excellence” is the second praise dance concert presented by Adoration Praise Dance Ministries of Stockton. Tickets are available online at or at the Grand Theatre box office downtown.

COST: $10; free for children age 8 and younger

INFO: 478-1450 or

Monday, Oct. 25

Teen Legislative Day

WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Council chambers, City Hall, 333 Civic Center Plaza

DETAILS: The city will host its seventh Teen Legislative Day, with discussions of politics and issues that concern teenagers. Some teachers may offer extra credit for attendance; check in advance. Snacks will be provided.

COST: Free


Wednesday, Oct. 27

Grand Theatre haunted house opens

WHEN: 7 p.m. nightly through Oct. 31

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

DETAILS: The 1923 theater and old jail will be transformed into a spooky haunted house.

COST: $8

INFO: or 831-6858

Friday, Oct. 29

Fall Wine Stroll

WHEN: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: West 10th Street and Central Avenue

DETAILS: Downtown businesses will pour wine and food pairings will be offered during this adults-only evening, sponsored by the Tracy City Center Association. Participants are invited to wear costumes and masquerade attire.

COST: $25 presale, $30 day of stroll


Masquerade after-party

WHEN: 9 p.m. to midnight

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

DETAILS: Adults age 21 and older are invited for music, food, drinks and a visit to the Grand’s first haunted house.

COST: $8 with a wine stroll glass

INFO:; or 831-6858

Saturday, Oct. 30

Murder-mystery fundraiser

WHEN: 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Portuguese Hall, 430 W. Ninth St.

DETAILS: The Tracy Educational Excellence Foundation presents its second murder-mystery dinner party as a fundraiser for the group, which gives grants to enhance local education. This year’s party is a 1930s mafia intrigue, in which diners must help solve the speakeasy mystery.

COST: $35 per person, $65 per couple, $300 for reserved table of eight, or $500 for a VIP sponsorship table

INFO: 830-3230 or


Food pantry seeks donations

DETAILS: Center of Hope needs gifts of food and money to keep its food pantry doors open. Money or food can be dropped off or sent to 2514 Holly Drive, Tracy, CA 95376, and all donations are tax-deductible.

INFO: 835-1682

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

Vendors needed for Oktoberfest

DETAILS: Crafters and vendors are wanted for the 2010 Oktoberfest at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

INFO: Vi, 833-7389

Delta College workshops

WHEN: Thursdays through Dec. 9 (excluding holidays), 11 a.m.

WHERE: DeRicco Services Building, Room 151

DETAILS: Delta College will host informational workshops for prospective students that will go over college procedures and resources, as well as answer questions about campus programs and services.

COST: Free

INFO: Marie Williams, 954-5151, ext. 6135, or; 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

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

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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