July 20, 2012

This Weekend With Kids

Nautical flags are so beautiful, don't you think? These were on the former USS Lucid, a minesweeper decommissioned in the 1970s and acquired by Stockton Historical Maritime Museum. The ship is now berthed at San Joaquin Building Futures Academy, where students will help restore it while also learning skills such as woodworking, drafting, plumbing and metal fabrication.

At the end of the restoration project - expected to take five years - the Lucid will be docked downtown, near Weber Point, as a museum ship.
It seems like such a fascinating project to be a part of, especially for the young adults involved. What do you think of these kinds of nontraditional learning opportunities?

So sorry for the gaps in posting. We all came down with something brutal - me last - and it's been kind of a tough week. My fingers are crossed that we've turned a corner on it, though, because there's lots to catch up on this weekend.

Families are encouraged to bike to Lincoln Center tonight (Friday) for ReCycle, an event featuring a 30-foot tall fun slide, live entertainment and other activities. Anyone who rides a bike to the center can enter to win a new one from Performance Bicycle - two adult bikes and one child's bike will be raffled off. The event also includes an expo showcasing local businesses with eco-friendly products and services. From 6 to 9 p.m. at Lincoln Center in Stockton.

The Stockton Buddhist Temple begins its annual Obon festival with an evening of traditional Japanese dances, meant to celebrate and honor one's ancestors. The free Bon Odori event will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Buddhist Church, 2820 Shimizu Drive in Stockton. (Bon Odori continues next weekend with the Japanese cultural arts and food bazaar).

The Be a Star Theatre workshop, part of the Kids College program  at San Joaquin Delta College, presents "The Jungle Book." The performance will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tillie Lewis Theatre, on the Delta College campus. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for kids 12 and younger.

The Puppet Art Theater Company, which specializes in performances for children, presents Hansel and Gretel at Linden Branch Library. The free event starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at 19059 E. Main Street in Linden.

The show, called "Then & Now: Classics, Customs and Concepts," will feature new and classic cars and trucks, music, food, a certified farmer's market, children's activities and prize drawings. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Tracy.

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