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San Joaquin International Film Festival - March 17-26

The San Joaquin Film Society (SJFS)  is proud to announce the 4th San Joaquin International Film Festival (SJIFF4) , taking place March 17-26, 2011  (March 17th-19th at Stockton's Empire Theatre; March 25th-26th at Modesto's State Theatre; with more dates and venues to be announced).

The Film Society's Board of Directors, along with Sophoan Sorn - director of San Francisco's Berlin & Beyond Film Festival , serving as Guest Curator of World Cinema - have assembled a collection of award-winning international films, educational programs and locally-produced works for this year's festival.

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Phi Alpha Theta Northern California Conference March 18-19

Phi Alpha Theta Northern California Conference March 18-19

STOCKTON - The 2011 Northern California Conference of Phi Alpha Theta will be held at the Stockton campus of the University of the Pacific, March 18-19.

A reception will be held Friday night from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Haggin Museum. Saturday's conference will take place on UOP's campus from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 for on-site registration.

For more information visit Phi Alpha Theta Chapter.

Stockton fire crews fight fire at shuttered hotel

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton fire crews fought a two-alarm building fire at the Old Mariposa Hotel, which produced a lot of smoke in downtown Stockton Monday afternoon.

The fire was next to the Crosstown Freeway on east Lafayette Street, which slowed down traffic during the evening commute.

Fire officials believe the fire was started by transients because the hotel was boarded up.

No injuries were reported.

Cortopassi Family Foundation awards outstanding San Joaquin County teachers

Cortopassi Family Foundation awards outstanding San Joaquin County teachers

STOCKTON - The Cortopassi Family Foundation recognizes four outstanding high school science and mathematics teachers in San Joaquin County by awarding a total of $5,000 to each of the winners. An additional $5,000 was awarded to the schools in which the recipients teach for the enhancement of their respective departments.

On Feb. 26, the Cortopassi Family Foundation conducted interviews to determine the winners. The finalists for the Excellence in Mathematics Teaching Awards were Jeff Tillett, Lodi High School; Ricardo Salas, Weston Ranch High School; Debbie Wittkowske, Academy for Business and Law at Merrill F. West High School; and Doug Obragwitch, Manteca High School.

This year’s recipients for the Excellence in Mathematics Teaching Awards were: Debbie Wittkowske, Academy for Business and Law at Merrill F.

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Spotted! Wienermobile in Stockton today

Spotted! Wienermobile in Stockton today

STOCKTON - The Oscar Mayer WIENERMOBILE, a 27-foot-long hot dog on wheels, is visiting Stockton today from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Food 4 Less at 3434 Manthey Road. The Wienermobile is an American icon that has been spreading miles of smiles across the country since 1936.

Visitors can take photos with the famous vehicle. Hotdoggers, the drivers of the Wienermobile, will have limited-edition Wienermobile postcards that visitors can send to family and friends for feree. We will also be happy to reward anyone that can sing one of the Oscar Mayer jingles with a Wiener Whistle!

Elkhorn, Tokay take 1st place in Science Olympiad Competition

Elkhorn, Tokay take 1st place in Science Olympiad Competition

STOCKTON - Over 600 San Joaquin County students participated in the 25th annual San Joaquin County Office of Education Science Olympiad Competition for Division B (middle school) and Division C (high school) at the University of the Pacific Saturday, March 12. The awards ceremony immediately followed at the Faye Spanos Concert Hall. Twenty-eight Division B teams and 13 Division C teams from across the county participated in 46 events in this one-day competition. Medals and plaques were awarded to top scoring teams.

Top five teams per division:

Division B (middle school)
First: Elkhorn School blue team, Lodi Unified School District
Second: Sierra Middle School blue team, Lincoln Unified School District
Third: Elkhorn School gold team, Lodi Unified School District
Fourth: Art Freiler Elementary School lime team, Tracy Unified School District
Fifth: Earle E.

Stockton Thunder lose to Utah in OT

Stockton Thunder lose to Utah in OT

Giffen Nyren’s goal with 2:14 remaining helped the Utah Grizzlies clinch a Kelly Cup Playoff berth, sending the Stockton Thunder (31-22-10, 72 points) to a 3-2 overtime defeat before a crowd of 2,759 at Maverik Center on Sunday.

After the loss, the Stockton team remained optimistic, looking for a good night out, with one of the guys Tweeting: "O.T loss...sunday night in salt lake city...hmm, what to do?!?"

The Thunder, who rallied with two goals in the third period to claim a point and killed eight of nine power-plays in the first two periods, closed the gap to three points behind the first place Las Vegas Wranglers in the Pacific Division and moved into sole possession of third place in the Western Conference.

The game - the fourth in five days for both teams - also included a ten minute delay in the third period to fix several lights that turned off in Maverik Center, with the game tied 2-2 an