Mosquito spraying operations planned

The San Joaquin County Mosquito & Vector Control District plans a number of spraying operations from the air and the ground against adult mosquitoes, which can carry the West Nile virus, as soon as tonight.

Aerial spraying for adult mosquitoes using Trumpet EC is scheduled between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. tonight (or Friday, if delayed by weather) in the following areas:

• A portion of rural east Lodi and the Clements area north to Brandt Road, south to Harney Lane, east to one mile east of Clements Road, and west to North Tully Road.

• A portion of rural east Lodi and the Clements area north to Kettleman Lane, south to Live Oak Road, east to North Jack Tone Road, and west to Highway 88.

The district will conduct ground spraying for adult mosquitoes using Pyronyl 525 between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. tonight (or Friday, if delayed by weather) in the following areas:

• A portion of rural east Acampo north to Coyote Creek, south to Jahant Road, east to Mackville Road, and west to Linn Road.

• A portion of rural east Acampo north to Peltier Road, south to Acampo Road, east to Elliot Road, and west to Bruella Road.

• A portion of rural south Manteca north to Division Road, south and east to the Stanislaus River, and west to the San Joaquin River and Two Rivers Road.

The district will also conduct ground spraying for adult mosquitoes using Pyronyl 525 between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Friday (or Saturday, if delayed by weather) in north Brookside north to Fourteen Mile Slough, south to March Lane, east to Feather River Drive, and west to Ten Mile Slough.

For more information, or maps of the spray areas, go to sjmosquito.org.

Columbia cemetery walking tours start Friday

COLUMBIA — The yearly walking tours at the historic Columbia Cemetery will be held once again and will provide “funny, sad and horrendous stories” about the people who shaped the town’s history.

The Friends of Columbia State Historic Park is hosting Stories in Stone Cemetery Tour on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Oct. 1. Tours begin promptly at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Guests will walk to gravesites where the stories of those who died in Columbia will be told by costumed volunteers who will use a lantern to light the way through hilly terrain.

“Some stories will make you get chills,” said scriptwriter Sherrin Grout. “The actors always do such a great job of bringing the people to life.”

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Columbia State Historic Park at (209) 588-9128 or by email at friendsofcolumbiashp.com. Tickets are $25 per person.

Air district seeks kids’ art entries

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is looking for entries for its annual kids’ calendar contest.

Students from kindergarten through high school have until Oct. 3 to submit original artwork that highlights the message about “how to live a Healthy Air life” that might be featured in the bilingual 2017 Healthy Air Living Kids’ Calendar. Past messages include, “Less cars, more feet,” and “Hacer del mundo un lugar mejor” (Make the world a better place). Fourteen pieces of art will be selected for the calendar.

Artists must include their name, address, phone and email, age, grade and school on the back of the entry. Artwork can be mailed flat — not folded or stapled — to 2017 Kids Calendar, Valley Air District, 1990 E. Gettysburg Ave., Fresno, CA 93726. Entries need to be completed in landscape orientation and be in color. Bilingual and Spanish-language messages are encouraged.

For examples of past calendars go to valleyair.org/kidscalendar. For questions, email public.education@valleyair.org or call (209) 557-6400.