There's a great event coming up in Stockton called "Nothing To Do on Saturday." A Stockton-based group called 180 Degrees is hosting the event at Cesar Chavez High School, and they're going to have David Garibaldi, the dance group Flexible Flav, and a bunch of other hip-hop and spoken word artists there. (Here's their MySpace page, if anyone is interested in going.)
I know a lot of people complain that there isn't much to do in Lodi for teens, and reading about that event, I wondered if this was true. So I began looking around for similar events here in town.
I started with my old stomping grounds, the Lodi Public Library. They have a ton of events for teens. For example, they recently held a Teen Comedy Night. In the past, they've had a yoga class, Magic and Pokemon card tournaments and an art contest. They also, of course, have a teen book club which meets regularly. And if those events don't float your boat, they also have a Teen Advisory Council, which helps to plan events and programs for teenagers at the library.
There's also One-Eighty, which hosts even more events. In addition to a skate park and a pro shop, they host concerts on a regular basis, hold annual events like the Battle of the Bands and a New Year's party, take camping trips through the City Club, offer music programs, support groups, and clubs, and hold video game tournaments.
In fact, there's plenty for gamers to do in Lodi. Aside from card tournaments at the library and video game tournaments at One-Eighty, there are regular tournaments at Play N Trade. A local team recently won the national Play N Trade Gears of War tournament.
The Lodi Boys & Girls Club has a bunch going on as well. They have after-school programs, a computer room and sports like swimming, basketball and karate.
Not to mention that there are a bunch of really fun classes all over town for all ages, teens included:
- The Knitting Room offers a bunch of classes on everything from beginning knitting to how to make your own Christmas stocking.
- Hutchins Street Square has classes in dance from ballroom to ballet to belly dance, art classes from drawing cartoons to making pottery, guitar, violin and voice classes, yoga and cooking. Not to mention that they host a bunch of fun performances and events.
- The Lodi Storm Drain Detectives offer an outlet for environmentally-minded teens in the area.
- The Breakthrough Project would most likely welcome teen voices.
- The Lodi Police Department offers a volunteer cadets program for people from ages 16 to 24.
- Lodi Parks and Recreation offers recreational sports leagues.
- There's always the Lodi Skate Park at Kofu Park, in addition to the facilities at One-Eighty.
- Last, but certainly not least, our local high schools have plenty of extra-curriculars from sports to speech to drama to FFA.
There's plenty for teens to do in Lodi! And I'm sure that most of the organizations listed here would be very interested in starting, for example, a photography class or a pop culture club if any motivated teens wanted to do something like that.