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POSTED June 1, 2011 1:33 a.m.

‘Time to Dance’ at Stockton Arena: STOCKTON — “A Time to Dance” - featuring 600 youth - takes place Saturday, June 11, at 7 p.m. at the Stockton Arena, 248 West Fremont St.

Admission is free to the event.

During the past six months, approximately 600 youth from the Manteca, Stockton and Lodi stakes have been preparing to perform in a Tri-Stake Dance Festival.  They have been working hard to learn many beautiful dances including ballroom, folk, Charleston, the foxtrot, disco, and many more.  The colorful custom-made costumes will compliment each individual dance. 

The event is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Stockton Chorale concert set June 3: STOCKTON — The Stockton Chorale will be performing works that honor our veterans and celebrate the rich musical tapestry that is our American Heritage. You will recognize the songs and the times they represent. The concert performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3, at the Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Ave.

Songs that honor our veterans will move each person who attends the concert. “American Heroes” and “Battle Hymn” are so appropriate to honor the memories and deeds of those who have protected our freedom. That freedom is embodied in the poems of Robert Frost, set to choral music by Randall Thompson. The Chorale and Master Chorale will also sing works by Aaron Copland such as “At the River” and the well known spirituals, “There is a Balm” and “Old Time Religion”. And our heritage will be joyfully represented by the familiar melodies of Rodgers and Hammerstein. 

Single concert tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are general admission and may be purchased by calling the Stockton Chorale office at (209) 951-6494, through any Chorale member, on our web site at, or at the door

Rock climbing  pioneer at Gallo: MODESTO  — The Gallo Center for the Arts Hometown Heroes series continues on Friday, June 24, at 8 p.m. with a special interview with Royal Robbins, a pioneer of rock climbing whose competitive spirit helped change the sport forever. 

This year marks the 50-year anniversary of the first climbing of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, accomplished by Royal and his teammates.

Tickets range from $12 to $50. The $50 ticket includes a pre-show reception with Royal, his wife Liz Robbins, and fellow climbing legend Tom Frost. A 15% discount is available for groups of 15 or more.  For tickets and more information, visit or call (209) 338-2100.

 As an early proponent of boltless clean climbing, Royal was instrumental in reshaping the sport’s culture in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s by encouraging the use and preservation of the natural features on the rock. Robbins is equally famous for the Modesto-based outdoor apparel company he co-founded with his wife.

Royal Robbins will share stories of his many ascents up big wall routes of Yosemite. He will also be joined with his wife and partner in adventure, Liz Robbins and Tom Frost.  Dr. Jim Johnson returns as the Centers host and interviewer.

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