Do you have a story about life in the Central Valley?
The California Listens Digital Storytelling Workshop is coming to the Chavez Library on July 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This workshop will teach the basics of digital storytelling to turn your story into a short video.
It is free but requires you to apply. Participants must commit to preparation time, attendance during both days and follow-up participation. Stories will be presented at a special screening and become part of a state archive about what it means to be a Californian.
Visit storycenter.org/stockton to apply. California Listens is a program taking place at select public libraries throughout the state. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Travel to another era this evening with the 1920’s themed gala “A Roarin Night” that benefits Mable Barron Elementary field trips. Dinner and dancing begin at 6 p.m. at 3225 Deer Park Drive. Tickets are $45 and are available at https://bit.ly/2qv5w0T. Channel Brewing Company, 110 N. San Joaquin St., hosts its third open mic this evening at 7 p.m. featuring Tama Brisbane, Stockton’s Poet Laureate.
April 21 is the “Give A Mouse a Cookie Community Event” at Barnes and Noble at 11 a.m. There will be games, crafts, face painting, story time and a visit from the mouse from “Give A Mouse a Cookie.” A portion of purchases will benefit Harvest Preschool and Harvest Bible Church. Anyone interested may purchase a book to be donated to the Pregnancy Resource Center for new moms. If you can’t make it on April 21, you can shop online at barnesandnoble.com between April 21 and April 25 using the bookfair ID12360772 at checkout.
Earth Day is coming up next week with a full weekend of events. Celebrate Earth Day and John Muir's birthday in the Robb Garden (behind the art department) at University of the Pacific on Friday from 5-8 p.m. with an open mic, music, chalk art and refreshments. On April 21, the Channel Brewing Company, 110 N. San Joaquin St., presents an exhibit called “Down To Earth” from 4-8 p.m. All art displayed will be made with recycled goods. On April 22, the 30th annual Earth Day festival is scheduled at Victory Park from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This year, there will be a 6-foot tall earth made from paper mache available for anyone who wants to add “a wish, blessing or prayer to unite many single positive thoughts into a global effort to the universe.”
Don’t miss the Asparagus Festival from Friday through April 22 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds — 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. April 21; and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 22. Adult admission is $15, children ages 6 to 17 and seniors are $12 and children 5 and younger are free. Parking is $6 or ride the No. 44 bus (bus stops at the fairgrounds). Discount tickets may be purchased at Savemart stores until Thursday. Entertainment includes Khemya MitRahina and Souls of the Rising Sun performing on April 22 from 12:45-1:45 p.m. on the Community Stage. Visit sanjoaquinasparagusfestival.net/index.html for more information, including the complete entertainment lineup.
I reflect on the importance of art. So many profound thoughts and stories are being shared because of the new downtown murals produced by Street Art Anarchy. After seeing Kia Duras’ mural Monique Lujan said, “Kia you are such an inspiration to every one of us, but especially little artist girls. When we drove away Lunabella said, ‘I want to do big murals like Kia one day!’”
“I think what makes me happiest about this mural is that everyday my daughters will see it on their bus ride home from school and feel proud because they helped me design it,” Duras said. Art helps us communicate which is one of the greatest reasons why art is important.
Joy Neas is an arts advocate and coordinator for ArtSplash. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.