March 2, 2012

This Weekend With Kids

This weekend has me really torn.

I find myself, on the one hand, powerfully moved to de-clutter – to tear through our closets and ruthlessly clear out a lot of extra stuff. I think it could be kind of refreshing. I know it would mean good things for our house and its 1940s-era storage.

And I’ve learned that I need to seize these spring-cleaning moods whenever they come because, most of the time, I’m really more of an accumulator than a shedder.

At the same time, some good rummage sales are happening this weekend, and I sort of love a rummage sale.  (The image above is of my favorite-ever rummage-sale find, purchased for a quarter inside a church auditorium two years ago. It’s so sweet and cheerful and warm, and it inspired me to hang a needle-arts gallery wall in my daughter’s room). There’s always fun in unexpected (and cheap) treasures, right?

But, at the end of the day, it’s more stuff.


Central United Methodist Annual Rummage Sale
Proceeds from this annual sale benefit church missions. Items include jewelry, clothing, furniture, books, and gear for kids and babies. The sale is held in the fellowship hall (3700 Pacific Ave., in Stockton) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Twice is Nice
Junior League of San Joaquin County is hosting its 56th Twice is Nice rummage sale Saturday at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds (1658 S. Airport Way, in Stockton). Doors open at 8 a.m. Items are organized into specialty departments including Holiday, Nursery, Garden, Toys, Linens and more. Proceeds benefit local charities and nonprofit organizations. I have to tell you: I’ve been. It’s massive (21,000 square feet), and sort of intense. It’s still a lot of fun, just go expecting a big crowd, most of them rummage-sale pros.

McKee Student Art Contest and Exhibition
Admission to the Haggin Museum (1201 N. Pershing Ave., in Stockton) is free on Saturday, and the opening ceremony for the 81st annual McKee Student ArtExhibition will be held from 1:30 to 3p.m. It’s the longest-running student art competition in the United States, and close to 70 schools from throughout San Joaquin County are represented. The theme for this year’s exhibit – conflict and resolution – was developed in collaboration with the Stockton Symphony, which commissioned Israeli composer Avner Dorman to create a work inspired by the children's story, "Uzu and Muzu from Kakaruzu" (The world premiere will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tracy's Grand Theatre Center for the Performing Arts. This sounds so great, you guys). The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m.

Participants in Lodi Public Library’s Readers Theatre drama troupe will read and perform a silly twist on the classic children's story, “Rumpelstiltskin.” The show, on 10 a.m. Saturday, is free at the library (201 W. Locust Street, in Lodi). Kids, ages 10- to 13, also are invited to participate in future Readers Theatre performances. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call (209) 333-5540.

Middle School Honors Concert
Student musicians from middle schools from throughout San Joaquin County will perform in the annual honors concert, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at San Joaquin Delta College’s Atherton Auditorium (5151 Pacific Ave., in Stockton). For the first time, the concert will include a string orchestra. Guest conductors are Paul Kimball of Lincoln High School and Delta College (choir), Desiree Bugarin of Lathrop High School (band), and Goody Choi of Lincoln Unified School District and Delta College (strings). The event is free and open to the public.
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