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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.

Music in the plaza downtown Modesto

Music in the plaza downtown Modesto

Enjoy live downtown musical entertainment every Friday evening from April 28th through September! We invite you to join us for an outdoor concert in the 10th street plaza.

Bring the family to downtown Modesto and enjoy a broad range of musical entertainment. Music starts at 7. Come early for a good seat! First Friday of each month will coincide with DoMo Marketplace and will be themed accordingly. Adding vendors and artisans along with the music. 

Grape City Con 2017

Grape City Con 2017

Grape City Con Returns April 9th
StocktonCon partners with United Way of San Joaquin and Salvation Army Lodi for a new Pop Culture Convention at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds

The Cosies at StocktonCon

The Cosies at StocktonCon

The Cosies, California's only Red Carpet Cosplay Award Show at StocktonCon

Turlock catches the Pop Culture Convention bug

Turlock catches the Pop Culture Convention bug
How many Pop Culture Conventions are too many? That answer has not yet been answered yet and the fans in the 209 hope that it neve will. On February 4th at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, come out to the first annual Turlock Comic Con.    

Beat Happy! Music 30 Years of D.I.Y. promoting

Beat Happy! Music 30 Years of D.I.Y. promoting

I have been booking and promoting Live Entertainment of all sorts for 30 years in the greater 209. Started out in Modesto as St Christopher Promotions later as Poison Free Promotions in Stockton and for the last 20 or so years as Beat Happy! Music

On December 9th you are all invited to come and celebrate this milestone at the Portal 1324 Coldwell Ave Modesto CA. Along with live music by Imminent Waves, there will be a special screening of  Nate Bergs' FLORADORA an independent film documenting the D.I.Y. Music of the San Joaquin Valley focused around a Fugazi show 25 years ago at a Knights of Columbus Hall. 

Mixed with found-VHS footage of Fugazi, Plaid Retina and Sharon Tate  along with new interviews from those who were at the epicentre, this production is something unique to not just this area but secondary markets all over the US.