Free genealogical help

The San Joaquin County Genealogical Society provides free help from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the first and last Tuesday of each for anyone needing help researching family ancestry.

Volunteers can be found on the second floor of Cesar Chavez Central Library, 605 N. Eldorado St, Stockton. For more information email pr@sjgensoc.org.

POW/MIA ceremony scheduled

A Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sept. 21 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Luneta Post 52, in front of the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, 513 N. Center St.

Post commander Sam Pachuca will officiate the ceremony that will include the missing man table ceremony and the laying of wreaths.

Knight Foundry barbecue tickets on sale

An outdoor barbecue dinner at the Knight Foundry complex on Eureka Street in Sutter Creek is set for 6-9 p.m. Sept. 22 as part of Sutter Creek Heritage Days.

Tickets for the dinner are $50, available in advance only, at brownpapertickets.com or at Tomorrow’s Heirlooms, 49 Main St., Sutter Creek.

For information phone (209) 267-5505 or visit kinghtfoundry.com.

Janet Napolitano to speak in Stockton

 Former Secretary of Homeland Security and current University of California president Janet Napolitano will be the keynote speaker when the Philomathean Club of Stockton celebrates its 125th year with an 11:30 a.m. luncheon on Oct. 5.

Tickets for the event at Stockton Golf and Country Club are $45 and may be made through Sept. 24 by calling (209) 464-1340.

New Hogan Lake plans cleanup

New Hogan Lake is seeking volunteers to work on trail maintenance, shoreline cleanup, litter removal and campground beautification from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in honor of National Public Lands Day.

Volunteers are advised to wear closed-toed shoes or boots, long pants and shirts. They’ll be provided with tools, but are encouraged to bring properly fitted work gloves.

Participants will receive a coupon for a free day-use pass valid for one year at any federal park.

New Hogan Lake is located at 2713 Hogan Dam Road, Valley Springs.

For information phone Marian Picher at (209) 772-1343, Marian.E.Picher@usace.army.mil or visit

spk.usace.army.mil/Locations/Sacramento-District-Parks/New-Hogan-Lake/

Healings in Motion talk scheduled

Eunice Green, owner of Green’s Nutrition in Stockton, will speak about essential oils’ impact on brain health during a Healings in Motion program at St. Joseph’s Medical Center from 12:30-2 p.m. Sept. 25.

The talk is part of Healings in Motion’s Central Valley-Recovery, Awareness Preventing Strokes series.

Admission is free to the meeting in the basement auditorium at St. Joseph’s, 1800 W. California St.

The San Joaquin County Genealogical Society will provide volunteers to help research your ancestry free of charge on the first and last Tuesday of the month from 10am to 1pm on the 2nd floor of the Cesar Chavez Central Library, 605 N. Eldorado St, Stockton. For more information email pr@sjgensoc.org

Blood drive in Valley Springs

BloodSource will hold a Valley Springs blood drive from 1:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Valley Springs Sports & Fitness Center, 145 Mangili Road off of Highway 26.

Donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh a minimum 110 pounds and bring a photo ID.

For questions about the blood drive call BloodSource at (916) 453-3039. For blood donor eligibility questions please call (800) 995-4420.

Celebration of Wild and Scenic Mokelumne set

CalTrout and Foothill Conservancy will celebrate the Mokelumne River’s designation as California’s newest state Wild and Scenic River and the 50th Anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 5, at the Volcano Armory Hall.

The family-friendly event will feature wild and scenic river films, a brief presentation, and the music of Murphys’ local bluegrass band, The Risky Biscuits.

The featured film will be “Run Wild, Run Free!” by Shane Anderson, a documentary exploring the history of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and how it has benefitted wild rivers across America. It will be followed by a brief presentation about the Mokelumne Wild and Scenic designation and the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Refreshments will be available along with a cash wine and beer bar. The suggested donation for the event is $10 with proceeds to benefit California river conservation.

For more information, contact Carolyn Schooley at Foothill Conservancy at (209) 223-3508 or Carolyn@foothillconservancy.org or Michael Wier at CalTrout at (530) 318-3226 or mwier@caltrout.org.

Calling all Stockton College graduates

All graduates of Stockton College are welcome at the Stockton College Class of 1955 annual picnic set for 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 29 at Oak Grove Regional Park, 2520 W. Eight Mile Rd., Stockton.

Attendees are asked to bring their own food and beverages. No reservations are required.

For information phone (209) 465-4847 or (775) 747-6939.

1945-style dinner dance in San Andreas

“A Night at the USO,” a dinner-dance fundraiser with swing and jazz band Blow Daddy is scheduled for 5-10 p.m. Sept. 29 at San Andreas Town Hall.

Advance tickets for the event, a fundraiser for the Calaveras County Arts Council, are $50 per couple and $25 per guest or $30 for single tickets.

Tickets are available at the Calaveras County Arts Council, 22 North Main Street, San Andreas, by phone, at (209) 754-1774 or at calaverasarts.org.