March 15, 2012

This Weekend With Kids

Earlier this week, we spent our extra daylight on a walk around the University of the Pacific campus, where Alice found some fun chalk art outside the DeRosa Center.

By the next morning, it had started raining, and all those pretty drawings were washed away.

It doesn't look like the rain is going to let up this weekend - and I'm all for quiet and cozy times at home. But here are a few things worth venturing out for:

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner
Happy St. Patrick's Day! The Stockton-San Joaquin Lions Club is hosting its 23rd-annual Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner, featuring all-you-can-eat corned beef, sausage, cabbage and dessert from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 130 W. Flora Street, in Stockton.  Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $14 for adults and $7 for kids younger than 12. All proceeds benefit the Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Fiddler on the Roof
In the weeks leading up to this production of the classic musical set in Czarist Russia, students from St. Mary's High School met with Rabbi Jason Gwasdoff of Stockton's Temple Israel, who leant his insight to their preparations. Set in 1905, "Fiddler on the Roof" tells the story of Tevye, a father of five girls, who contends with outside influences as he tries to preserve his family and its Jewish traditions. "I am amazed at how timeless this story is," says director Kevin Costello. "Even though Fiddler was written nearly 50 years ago and takes place over 100 years ago, the themes are remarkably relevant in today's world." Performances are Saturday (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.) at University of the Pacific's Long Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, children and seniors, and can be purchased online at For information, call (209) 957-3340, ext. 250.

To Kill a Mockingbird
As part of its Cinematic Treasures series, Tracy's Grand Theatre Center for the Performing Arts presents To Kill a Mockingbird, the 1962 film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch: 2 p.m. Sunday, at 715 Central Ave., in Tracy.

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