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Farmers markets canceled as heatwave spikes

Farmers markets across the Central Valley have been canceled tonight as temperatures spike to 110 degrees in many places.

In Stanislaus County, the popular outdoor markets in Gustine, Hughson and Turlock have been canceled. In San Joaquin County, the markets in Lodi and Manteca are canceled as well.

Several cities provide cooling stations for those who might not have access to air conditioning. The City of Stockton encourages its citizenry to make their way to community centers, libraries, pools and other places with “cooling zones” to get relief from the heat.

Temperatures are forecasted to drop to the century mark by tomorrow and into the mid-90-degree range by the end of the weekend.

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Unemployment rate drops in San Joaquin County

The latest data for job statistics was released by the Employment Development Department today showing a decrease in unemployment numbers in San Joaquin County.

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University of the Pacific receives $1.3 million Upward Bound grant for Edison High School

Project to help south Stockton students with applying for college, financial aid, other services

University of the Pacific has been awarded a $1.3 million five-year federal grant for an Upward Bound project that will put eligible Edison High School students on a college-bound trajectory. The project will provide needed instruction, tutoring, advising, and assistance with applying for financial aid and college to help students graduate high school, enroll in college and earn a degree.

“It’s very exciting for all of us to be partnering with the Stockton Unified School District on what should be a very powerful, transformative opportunity to help Edison students make it through high school and onto college,” said Patrick Day, Pacific’s vice president for Student Life. “Upward Bound is a strong, proven program and will give students a great chance to succeed and someday give back to their communities.”

Local nonprofits invited to apply for early literacy mini-grants

Beyond Our Gates funding aims to support new, existing reading programs

As part of University of the Pacific’s Beyond Our Gates campaign, nonprofit organizations in San Joaquin County are invited to apply for mini-grants to expand or pilot promising early literacy programs.

The mini-grants initiative, made possible with support from The James Irvine Foundation, was designed to fuel innovation and engagement toward improving early literacy in and around Stockton. Organizations can apply for one-time mini-grants of $5,000 or $10,000 to fund projects that address overall early literacy, school readiness, chronic absence or summer learning.

Stockton Auto Mall to hold event in support of veterans

Participating auto dealers in the Stockton Auto Mall will be showing their support of veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The second annual Veterans Appreciation Day, May 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is being held to give thanks to the veterans who have served the country.

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Leadership program to begin new class for coming year

Leadership Stockton is now accepting applications for its 2017-2018 class.

Those selected to attend will work with others during the course to create and execute projects that will benefit the greater Stockton area.

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Stockton’s Great Big Read event to promote literacy

Stockton businesses, community groups and educational organizations have partnered with the Downtown Stockton Alliance to promote literacy.

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