March 9, 2012

This Weekend With Kids

We still have a little more than a week before it's a official, but don't you think it's really starting to feel like springtime?

Outside our grocery store they're selling herbs and vegetables for planting, and I was pretty tempted to buy a bunch and get going on our garden, like, now. 

I'll tell you the truth. I've never been very good at growing vegetables. But I always want to try again.

And just in time, the San Joaquin Master Gardeners are holding a workshop:

Eat What You Grow
Master Gardeners are local individuals who receive more than 50 hours of training from University of California horticulturists and other nursery and landscape professionals. In exchange, they commit to serving the community with that knowledge by dedicating at least 25 hours a year to volunteer garden projects. And according to those experts, now is the time to start planning your summer garden. At this free workshop, master gardeners will go over what to plant how how to maintain it: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum in Lodi. (The Museum is located in Micke Grove Regional Park, and to get into the park, you'll need to pay a $5 admission fee). So, I suppose this really isn't a family activity - more like prep work for some really fun gardening activities with your kids later on.

Art All Around Family Festival
The Haggin Museum is hosting this festival from 1:30 to 4 p.m. as part of its Second Saturdays for Families series. This month, the museum celebrates youth in art with performances from the Bear Creek High School Latino Club, the Chavez High School Dance Company, the Don Riggio Orchestra and the Tokay High School Dance Company. The festival also will feature special guest, Israeli composer Avner Dorman. Activities and materials are free with admission. 

Chinese New Year in Isleton
Isleton's a really small Delta town, and in the past, it's had a hard time competing with bigger cities for the top Chinese New Year performers. By waiting until Saturday- a month or more after most New Year celebrations have taken place - the city can bring Leung's White Crane dance troupe from San Francisco. The celebration starts at noon on Main Street, and the Isleton Museum will be open until 4 for the occasion. I bet the drive will be pretty this weekend.

The Princess Diaries
Tracy's Grand Theatre Center for the Arts will show the 2001 family comedy starring Anne Hathaway (2 p.m. Sunday at 715 Central Ave. Admission is $4). Years ago I took a young cousin to see Princess Diaries 2 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. It was part of a special event with a fancy tea party. We had fun, and I think she felt like it was something special to see a movie at a theater like that. I bet watching a movie at the Grand could be a little like that for a little one.

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