Those interested in fly fishing are invited to attend a three day conference at Hutchins Street Square this weekend.
A Festival of Fly Fishing, hosted by the Federation of Fly Fishers Northern California Council, will highlight how to fly fish and where to fly fish with an emphasis on the Delta.
The event will include youth programs on fly casting, fly tying and entomology.
More than 40 "premier" fly tiers will be on hand to offer tips and shortcuts on tying flies. Exhibitors will include manufacturers, guides, wildlife artists and lodges.
The festival will also include a silent auction that features art, equipment and guided trips.
Speakers and events begin Friday and last through Sunday. Sunday's events include special clinics on various waterways in the area including the Mokelumne River and the Delta.
For more information, visit www.nccfff.org.
Open Studios Tour this weekend in Lodi
The Lodi Arts Project Fun is hosting the 2nd Annual Open Studios Tour in Lodi. The event is a self-guided tour of 11 studios of Lodi-area artists. Artist studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. The Open Studios Tour offers the public an opportunity to visit artists in their working spaces, where they will demonstrate their work, exhibit and self-finished pieces.
The Open Studios Tour will showcase a broad range of media and styles. Featured artists include Rich Allen (oil), David Jon Foster (watercolor), Lisa Goldman (mixed media and jewelry), Carolyn Greeson (mixed media), Caroline Henry (oil and watercolor), Freda Kroll (watercolor), Earline Lund (acrylic and pastel), Nina Rodriguez (glass and metal), Tony Segale (gold leaf and reverse painting on glass), Melvin Shaw (Disney animation, sculpture, painting) and Ken Woodworth (colored pencil).
Tickets are $10 and are available at Hutchins Street Square, Knowlton Gallery and the Lodi Community Art Center. In Stockton, tickets may be purchased at the Tidewater Art Gallery and the Stockton League Goodwin Gallery. A map of studios and artist information comes with the purchase of tickets.
LPD endorses Mounce, Johnson and Morris
The Lodi Police Officers Association has endorsed incumbents JoAnne Mounce and Bob Johnson for Lodi City Council, and James Morris for Superior Court judge.
The association currently has 58 members and includes officers and corporals. It does not include dispatchers or those ranked sergeant and higher.
"Bob and JoAnne have done a fine job on the council," said Cpl. Scott Bratton, the association's president. "We feel that their core values and beliefs make them fine candidates."
They endorsed Morris, who is running against prosecutor Phil Urie, because of his "outstanding credentials" in both civil and criminal law, Bratton said.