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Christmas Posadas This Saturday

Christmas Posadas This Saturday

The Christmas season is always a favorite time at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter, Stockton.  This Saturday, December 20th the annual posadas (a candlelight procession which reenacts Mary and Joseph's search for shelter) starts at St. Mary’s Church (203 E. Washington Street, Stockton) at 5 pm and winds its way through the streets of downtown ending at the Mexican Heritage Center where beautiful nacimientos (nativity) scenes are waiting for all to see.  Mexican hot chocolate and sweet bread will be served. Tamales are on sale for $2 each or $20 per dozen. Bring the family and join this Stockton tradition.  

If you can’t make the posadas, the Nacimientos display is on view at the Mexican Heritage Center through December 27.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon – 5 pm.  

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Art Against Violence

Art Against Violence

Draw It Out, the group formed to provide art experiences for children to express their feelings about gun violence, continues to find new ways to connect with the public. In November, Draw It Out created an altar for the Dia de los Muertos exhibit at the Mexican Heritage Center with Cleveland School Remembers, their partner organization, to celebrate the lives of the five children killed during the Cleveland School shooting twenty-five years ago.  This altar then moved to Pittman School’s Festival of Honor, an annual event celebrating the ideas and people that we love. 

Draw It Out’s latest venture is a thought provoking exhibit  coming up in January at the Mexican Heritage Center (111 S. Sutter) entitled, “Art Against Violence” which calls for all mediums of art (visual and performing art) examining the causes, effects and solutions to violence that the group hopes will lead to action and a more peaceful Stockton. 

Match made for December: Twisted Roots Petite Sirah & rosemary lamb shanks

Match made for December:  Twisted Roots Petite Sirah & rosemary lamb shanks

You can look at the increasingly short, dark, dreary days of December in two different ways: as a doggoned shame, or as the perfect excuse to enjoy the type of wines and foods that these days call for.

Mike Hodge, co-owner of Twisted Roots Vineyard & Winery, has the perfect prescription for those who choose the positive course: the 2011 Twisted Roots Lodi Petite Sirah ($25) with rosemary lamb shanks. (Twisted Roots multi-award winning wines are available locally at Downtown Lodi’s Estate Crush)... Read More

Gifted // Handmade Gift Guide for the Gals

Gifted / Handmade Gift Guide for the Gals

For all of the girls on your list this year... a few of my favorite handmade gifts that I would love to receive (hint, hint to the mister in my house). Many of the items in my shoppe are made by independent makers all over the world, so if you are a last minute shopper then you can simply shop local from the makers in your area. Cool, right?... Read More

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San Joaquin County gets over $7.7 million to repave part of Highway 12

San Joaquin County gets over $7.7 million to repave part of Highway 12

STOCKTON – San Joaquin County has received more than $7.7 million to repave part of Highway 12, the California Transportation Commission announced Thursday.

The money will pay to replace pavement on Highway 12 from east of Interstate 5 to the Potato Slough Bridge with rubberized asphalt concrete... Read More

A Lodi wine lover’s wish list: Lodi’s 12 most adventurous wines

A Lodi wine lover’s wish list: Lodi’s 12 most adventurous wines

Is there a wiser wine lover than a Lodi wine lover?

Lodi is just beginning to forge its reputation as a source of some America’s finest, and most cutting-edge, wines. Many of the leading producers in this respect have been around for less than ten, fifteen years... Read More

Galt man sentenced to life for killing animal control officer


SACRAMENTO - A man from Galt was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 25 years, for the 2012 killing of an animal control officer.

According to a news release from the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, Joseph Francis Corey shot and killed Sacramento County Animal Control Officer Roy Marcum through the front door of his Galt home.

Court documents state Corey had been evicted from his home after he foreclosed on it. The next day, Marcum came to the residence at the request of the bank to retrieve several dogs and cats.

Unbeknownst to the officer, Corey had gotten back into the residence and barricaded the door from the inside.

When Marcum approached the home, Corey shot him through the door with a hunting rifle, court records said.

A Sacramento County jury convicted Corey of first-degree murder in November.