April 20, 2012

This Weekend With Kids

And now it's spring.

I feel like pulling my hair back into a ponytail and rushing out right this second to buy us all some new sandals. You too?

We've got plenty to do around the house and yard, but it's shaping up to be such a sunshiney weekend that I have some serious doubts about all those chores getting done.

San Joaquin Children's Film Festival
The San Joaquin Film Society brings its second children's festival to University of the Pacific's Janet Leigh Theatre with selections that spotlight the work of French animated filmmakers. The festival opens at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with "It's a Small World," a series of shorts from countries around the globe. The Opening Day feature, "Cat in Paris," is next up at 3:30 p.m. The 2012 Academy Award nominee tells the story of Dino,  a cat who leads a double life as the daytime companion of a mute child and the nighttime partner of a Paris burglar. Sunday's selections include "Mia and Magoo" at 3 p.m. and "Tales of the Night" at 5:30 p.m.. General admission tickets are $9, with discounts available for seniors, students and children. Visit the Film Festival website for trailers, a full schedule and purchasing information.

Prowlin' Pacific
The Pacific American Marketing Association invites the community to a free event featuring an art exhibition, a car show, beer and wine tasting, children's activities and a skate competition. From 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday on the DeRosa University Center Lawn at University of the Pacific in Stockton.

Stockton Earth Day Festival
The city's 24th-annual Earth Day Festival, to be held on Sunday, will be include music, dance and educational activities. (Personal favorites, The Afternaps, are due to perform at 11:15 a.m.) Before you go, be sure to print off a Passport to Earth worksheet so your kiddos can collect stamps from informational booths and enter to win a prize drawing. And don't forget to bring gently used clothes to donate to the Gospel Center Rescue Mission. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Victory Park. Admission is free.

Berry Sweet Kids Sale
The spring version of this twice-annual consignment sale offers gently used clothing, books, toys and gear for infants and children. Cash and credit card (Visa, Master Card and Discover) are accepted. Shopping bags are not supplied, so remember to bring some from home. Public hours are 9 a.m to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (Sunday, by the way, is the 50 percent off sale). Inside Stockton Baptist Church, 5480 N. Highway 99 in Stockton.
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