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Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 10:00 pm


Learn about California's Native American history at "A Gathering of the Peoples" today at Micke Grove Park.

The event, inspired by the museum's traveling exhibit, "Precious Cargo: California Indian Cradle Baskets and Childbirth Traditions," will feature demonstrations of basket weaving, inter-tribal native dancers, native tool use, storytelling and Indian fry bread making. A special replica of a Yokuts campsite, which was created by museum volunteers, will also be on display.

The "Precious Cargo" exhibit features cradle baskets made by 30 weavers commissioned to recreate the intricate designs characteristic of their tribal region. The exhibit represents four years of research and fieldwork with California Indian peoples on their childbirth and child-rearing traditions. It features intricately woven cradle baskets, artifacts and photographs, and tells the story of California Indian beliefs and traditions of childbirth and child rearing.

The exhibit is open for viewing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through July 23.


When: Today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: San Joaquin County Historical Museum, 11793 N. Micke Grove Road

Tickets: $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 2 to 8

Information: 331-2055


Lodi's heritage grape, zinfandel, is celebrated at the second annual Lodi ZinFest at Lodi Lake.

Over 40 award-winning Lodi wineries are showcasing the extraordinary wines from Lodi Wine Country and a range of food vendors. Foodies will enjoy the ZinFest Cooking School which will feature six regional chefs including Chef Larry Ruhstaller, of Alder Market; Traci Dutton, of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone; Chef John Hitchcock, of Beyond Pots and Pans in Stockton; Chef Toussaint Potter, known as "Chef T," of the Bay Area; Randy Caparosso, Sommelier for Sea Island Resort in Georgia; and Jayne Russell, who is based in Denver, Colo.

Country performer Tim Murphy, who was nominated in 2002 for Best Country Song with his hit, "Bottom of the Fifth," kicks off the afternoon of live music. A performance by Mick Martin and The Blues Rockers follows. Caravanserai, a group who pays homage to Santana, plays in the late afternoon. The band's songs include "Evil Ways," "Oye Como Va," and "Smooth." Based in San Francisco, they have performed at venues including the California State Fair and at Harrah's in Reno. Herman's Hermits, starring Peter Noone, close out the day. The group is known for their nostalgic rock-and-roll hits of the 1960s including "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter," "I'm Henry VIII, I Am," and "I'm Into Something Good." Peter Noone has made over 500 television appearances and has toured all over the world.

The event will also feature wine-related arts, crafts and specialty merchandise in the ZinFest Marketplace.


When: Today from 12 to 8 p.m.

Where: Lodi Lake Park

Tickets: $20 in advance or $25 at the door

Information: 367-4727


Strawberries will be plentiful at the 11th annual Galt Strawberry Festival today and Sunday. Non-stop entertainment, as well as a car show, carnival, a variety of food and strawberries served in every imaginable form, will be included at the event.

Contestants compete at the strawberry pie eating contest at last year's Strawberry Festival in Galt. (News-Sentinel file photo)

Featured entertainers will consist of Black Tuesday, Hipwaders, master hypnotist Michael Mezmer, and Favoritz, a popular band who has played at weddings and corporate events since 1989. Black Tuesday, comprised of eight members, is dedicated to playing New Orleans and traditional jazz music. For over five years, they have played at jazz societies, concerts and jazz festivals. They have also been featured at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee.

Mezmer, a world renowned stage musician and illusionist, has toured the world for over 17 years. He has performed on cruise ships, major fairs and theme parks from China to Venezuela. He will present two comedy acts today.

The "Red Hot Car Lane" will showcase the latest new car models - all in red. On Sunday, a classic car show will present 50 American vehicles up through 1972. Entertainment for the kids will include an old-fashioned carnival, with over 15 rides and a fun zone area with bounce houses, a rock climbing wall and power jump.

Over 100 booths will display arts and crafts, children's products, jewelry and outdoor garden items.


When: Today from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Where: Veteran's Field and the Market Grounds in Central Galt

Tickets: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under 6

Information: 745-2529

- Compiled by Pam Bauserman



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