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30-Yr. Mortgage Rate Nears 3.875%

by The Barringer Team

Mortgage-backed securities prices, which drive mortgage rates their opposite, posted gains Monday and Tuesday consecutively, pressuring mortgage rates to move downward again from already record low levels where they began the week.

30-year fixed mortgage rates, currently at 4% for well-qualified borrowers who pay 1 point origination, are very near 3.875%. 30-year fixed mortgage rates have never been below 4% before. 15-year fixed mortgage rates remain at 3.5% but could improve any hour as well. surveys over 2 dozen wholesale lenders' rate sheets for brokers daily to determine the most accurate mortgage rates available to highly qualified borrowers at a standard origination fee.

FHA loan rates continue to mirror conforming mortgage rates. Today's 30-year fixed DHA loan rate is also 4%; however, MI and other FHA closing fees make APR higher than that of a conforming mortgage at the same note rate and origination.

Jumbo mortgage rates are improved from last week and today's jumbo 30-year fixed loan rate is 4.875%, a record low.

Wells Fargo mortgage rates, as advertised on their website, are unchanged with 4.375% (4.559 APR) being their offering on a conventional 30-year fixed mortgage.

Mortgage refinance applications have been flat according to the MBA, who posts figures weekly, since spiking as rates slid into the low 4's.

School District Primer and School Zone Maps!

by The Barringer Team

If you are planning on buying in Tracy then this post is packed with information. When buying a home it is smart to get familiar with the different school zones for obvious reasons. Below is a link to three maps. One for elementary schools, one for middle and one for high school zones. Print these maps out and use them as a reference when you are looking at the homes. Below you will also find a link to which has ratings for each school.

Its important to note there are 3 elementary school districts in Tracy. Each are listed below.

Brian Barringer
Buyers Agent

Maps from

Click here for a TUSD Elementary Schools Boundaries Map

Click here for a TUSD Middle Schools Boundaries Map

Click here for a TUSD High Schools Boundaries Map

Find the API ratings at

Elementary Schools:
Art Freiler: 826
Louis A. Bohn Elementary: 820
Hirsch Elementary: 812
George Kelly Elementary: 806
Louis J. Villalovoz Elementary: 785
Jacobson Elementary: 771
Gladys Poet-Christian Elementary: 768
South Elementary: 761
 McKinley Elementary: 761
Central Elementary: 732
North Elementary: 670

Middle Schools:
Discovery Charter: 818
Monte Vista Middle: 748
Williams Middle: 743

High Schools:
John C. Kimball High 796
Tracy High 754
Millennium Charter 734
Merrill F. West High 719


Elementary Schools
Anthony C. Traina Elementary 842
Monticello Elementary 828
Tom Hawkins Elementary 837

All schools in Jefferson are K-8. They go to highschool at Tracy High or Kimball depending on where they are located.

Elementary Schools
Bethany Elementary 879
Lammersville Elementary 842
Wicklund Elementary 857

All kids then go to Kimball High. These schools are in MoHo(mountian house) except for Lammersville.

New Short Sale Bill in Congress!!!! YEA!

by The Barringer Team

U.S. Representative Robert Andrews and Tom Rooney offered up new legislation to Congress last week. H.R. 6133, “Prompt Decision for Qualification of Short Sale Act of 2010,” is an effort from the Congress to help keep possible buyers from walking away from short sales, simply because lenders take months to respond to their offers.

The National Association of REALTORS are strong supporters of the bill. Their President, Vickie Cox Golder said “The short sale, which required lender approval, is an important instrument for home owners who owe more than their home is worth. While the lending community has worked to improve the size and training of their short sales staffs, they still have a long way to go on improving response times.”

And in a sticky financial situation such as a short sale, where time really counts, this bill comes as welcome news to many homeowners and buyers.

This legislation aims to “require” the lender or servicer of a home mortgage, upon a request by the homeowner for a short sale, to make a prompt decision whether to allow the sale.” (Library of Congress)

In this bill the terms “short sale” means the sale of the dwelling or residential real property that is subject to the mortgage, deed or trust, or other security interest that secures a residential mortgage loan that:

  • Will result in proceeds in an amount that is less than the remaining amount due under the mortgage loan; and
  • Requires authorization by the securitization vehicle or other investment vehicle or holder of the mortgage loan, or the servicer acting on behalf of such a vehicle or holder.

Ms. Golder continues, “Unfortunately, homeowners who need to execute a short sale are severely hampered because lenders (loan servicers) are unable to decide whether to approve a short sale within a reasonable amount of time. Potential homebuyers are walking away from purchasing short sale property because the lender has taken many months and still not responded to their request for an approval of a proposed short sale price. Many consumers have mentioned that the delay in short sale price approval exceeds 90 days, and in many cases never arrives.” I can tell you here in the Tracy California area this will really help our real estate market here.

Hopefully, if this bill passes into law, homeowners will find relief from their mortgage woes, and will be able to sell their home without having to be foreclosed upon. I cannot begin to tell you how hard the Banks are to work with. Sometimes maybe 1 out of 25 you get a bank Short Sale Department that responds in a timely manner. I feel they just could care less of the situation our country is in right now. They’re taking the position of why should we hire more people so we can lose money quicker.

2038 Sandpebble St., Weston Ranch, CA

by The Barringer Team

New Listing!

2038 Sandpebble Street


Take a look at the photos through a tour view! 

This is a very well cared for home featuring formal Living & Dining, large family room (fireplace does not stay)and spacious kitchen w/island. Back yard great for entertaining w/fountain and table that stays. All bedrooms upstairs with large loft area perfect for game room, office. Master with bath featuring walk in closet lined with cedar, sep tub & shower. Side access possible.

17111 Pacific Oak Ln., Lathrop, CA

by The Barringer Team

New Listing!

17111 Pacific Oak Ln.

Check out the photos through a slideshow!

Nice home to start in. Well maintained with living room, large kitchen w/breakfast bar and dining area. All 4 bedrooms are upstairs with large master. Walk in closet and large bath with separate tub & shower. Nicely located on cul-de-sac in HOA community. Back yard ready for your imagnation.Fridge, washer & drier stay.

107 E. Whittier Avenue, Tracy, California

by The Barringer Team

New Listing!

107 E. Whittier Ave.

Don't forget to take a look at the tour slideshow!

Very nicely maintained. Will be a great place to start or as investment. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in this updated and expanded single story. Family room and bath added in 1993 with permits. Garage converted to dining room. Laminate floors through out living to family room. Above ground pool with deck in back yard. Nice kitchen with breakfast bar and open to a large family room featuring wood burning stove. New roof in 1993. Central Heat & air.

OPEN HOUSE SAT & SUN SEPT. 25 & 26 FROM 1:00 TO 4:00.

First Time Buyer Tips

by The Barringer Team

As a first-time buyer, you have a lot of questions. There is a terminology you don't understand. And there are expenses you need to anticipate. Here are some explanations of just that, to help you on your way to homeownership.

First, what costs should you expect? After you have become "pre-approved" for a mortgage, you will know how much you can spend (aka your "budget"). Pre-approval is done by the bank or lender who will be writing your mortgage. It is accessed by your: credit history, assets, employment history, and financial status. And it guarantees you a loan.

Being pre-approved can quicken the time it takes to close, as well as give you an advantage over buyers who are not pre-approved, should a home garner multiple offers.

Next, figure out how much money you'll need to put down. Are  you looking at an FHA loan with a 3.5 percent down? Or are you planning on putting 15 to 20 percent down? Financial expert Suze Orman recommends that in today's troubled market,  you put at least 20% down on a house.

Closing costs are what are pain, well, at closing. You should expect to pay for an appraisal, title services, title insurance, transfer taxes, inspections, loan origination, private mortgage insurance, and homeowners insurance, among a host of other charges. The average closing costs are paid, yes, by the buyer. And they average around 2 to 4 percent of the total purchase price of the home. You can, of course, negotiate payment of closing costs with the seller. This is especially true in a market which favors buyers.

What is mortgage insurance? Mortgage insurance, also known as private mortgage insurance (PMI), protects your lender, should you default on your loan. And it can be required when you have made only a small down payment. It costs around 1% of the total loan. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, "Under [The Homeowner's Protection Act of 1998], mortgage lenders servicers must automatically cancel PMI coverage on most loans, once you pay down your mortgage to 78 percent of the value if you are current on your loan."

What is escrow? With a purchase as large as this, it is important that one party doesn't run off with all the funds! This is where an escrow account comes into play. All necessary and agreed upon funds are put into a third party account. When all terms have been met, then the funds are released to the appropriate parties.

What is an offer? When you have found a home you like, you'll discuss with your agent what a reasonable price pay is. This will more than likely be less than the price the seller is asking. And it will be based on the condition of the home, the price of home's in the neighborhood, as well as current market conditions. Remember, your offer is the price you are willing to pay for the property. You have signed the offer and, if accepted, you will be expected to follow through with the purchase of this home!

What are property taxes? Welcome to home ownership! Property taxes are paid each year to your local government at the county level. Some areas of the country charge much higher taxes than others, and the price is a percentage of the value of your property. That means that more expensive the house, the more expensive the taxes.

As a first-time buyer it is highly recommended you work with the Barringer Team. They not only can answer any questions you may have, but their wealth of knowledge and experience will help guide you in a positive direction for this important transaction.

My brother was 1st on scene of the San Bruno Fire

by The Barringer Team

My little brother Charlie Barringer, fire Capt for San Bruno Fire, was the first engine on the scene of the San Bruno fire which I am sure you have all heard about in the recent News. Charlie was the shift commander that night at the skyline station which is about 2 blocks from the location of the Gas explosion. Charlie is in the middle of the very last picture. I am very proud of him as I always have been and I am sure our Mom is smiling down from heaven." He was always her favorite" LOL. They arrived on the scene and the explosion blew the water main so there was no water. He radioed the other responders to hook up at hydrants in neighborhoods that were about a mile away which really helped get water to the scene quicker and allow them to save a lot of homes and lives. He also called in another Alarm.
Kudos to you little bother. I love you and am proud of you. Thanks to you and your crew. 

Big Bother Bill

Click on link below and listen to actual radio transmissions. It is interesting because it is the entire County and you hear how it went down step by step as it feels like you are almost there.

Charlie's  Engine is 52, Command 32. He was 1ston scene you can hear him "describe Multiple homes on fire" ect..ect..

Buyer Tips in a Seller's Market

by The Barringer Team

Our Market inventory continues to be low and creates a seller’s market here in the Tracy area. Below I have given a few tips to help buyers in a seller’s Market. If you would like to meet with us to learn about our Exclusive “ BUYER ADVANTAGE PROGRAM” just call us at 209-833-7777 or e-mail us at to schedule an appointment.

Bill Barringer
Real Estate Broker
Century 21 M&M



1. Pre-approval: Be sure to start your home buying process by getting pre-approved for a mortgage. This will prove to your potential seller that you are ready, willing, and able to buy their home. A pre-approval will also give you an exact number of how much money you can borrow, and thus spend.

2. Be ready to buy: There can be no hesitation during a seller’s market. There will be other buyers waiting to to grab up the same deal you just found. If the numbers work out in your favor for a home you like, then be ready to put in a strong offer.

3. Know your budget: You may be approved for a loan of up to $300,000, but you only want to spend $250,000 as your max. Be sure to know ahead of time what your budget really is.

4. Make a strong offer: In a seller’s market, homes can expect to receive nearly if not all of their asking price. And in many cases, you may even find a home sells for more than the asking price. So, in order to make both a good impression on the seller so they take your interest seriously, as well as to beat out the competition, be sure to present a strong first offer.

5. Be willing to negotiate terms: This means if a seller needs 60 days until closing, do what you can to accommodate them. Or maybe they are unwilling to make a repair before you move in, but are willing to pay you the repair costs instead. Be willing to work with a seller, if it means getting the home you desire.

These simple tips can make a big difference when it comes to buying in a seller’s market.

What's Happening in Tracy

by The Barringer Team

Eid-ul-Fitr prayers

WHEN: 8 a.m., pending the new moon

WHERE: Veterans Park, 238 Glenhaven Drive

DETAILS: Muslims in Tracy will mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan with prayers, dependent on the sighting of the new moon Thursday night, Sept. 9. If the new moon was not seen Thursday, prayers will begin instead at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Traina Elementary School, 4256 Windsong Drive.

INFO: Mohammad N. Arain, Tracy Islamic Center president, 408-207-8495


Diabetes support group

WHEN: Noon, second Friday of each month

WHERE: Healthy Connections, 35 E. 10th St.

DETAILS: Meet other people with diabetes and an educator in a relaxed environment to share and learn about coping with the disease.

COST: Free

INFO: 832-3432


RV monthly campout

WHEN: Through Sept. 12

WHERE: Gold Stone RV Park, in San Andreas

DETAILS: Join Big Valley Sam’s RV Club for its monthly RV campout, with activities and a potluck dinner Saturday night and lots of sightseeing in the foothills.

COST: Nightly camp fees

INFO: Ernie Reece, 239-2296



2010 Bean Run

WHEN: 8 a.m.; same-day registration, 6 a.m. at City Hall

WHERE: Starts in downtown Tracy; ends at Lincoln Park

DETAILS: This 5- or 10-kilometer run includes awards for first- through third-place finishers in each age group, a T-shirt and refreshments after the race.

COST: $20 pre-registration; $25 day of race

INFO: Tracy Chamber of Commerce, 835-2131 or; or


Tracy Dry Bean Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Tracy

DETAILS: The annual celebration of local legumes will feature a children’s craft area, games and vendors, four stages of entertainment and an expansive Bean Town pavilion with tastings and beans for purchase.

INFO: 835-2131 or


Bean festival car show

WHEN: During the Tracy Dry Bean Festival

WHERE: 10th Street in downtown Tracy

DETAILS: The Tracy Chamber of Commerce invites owners of classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles and low riders to sign up for a show that will add some shine to the Tracy Dry Bean Festival. Register to join the day in the sun through the Tracy Chamber, 223 E. 10th St., Tracy CA 95376; or at East and 10th streets the day of the festival.

COST: $30


Anniversary weekend at the Grand

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: The downtown arts center will celebrate its fourth anniversary with a show by comedian John Heffron, art activities and demonstrations, an open house and tours.

INFO: or 831-6858


Historical exhibit opens

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: In collaboration with the community, the Grand galleries will display photographs, objects and memorabilia from Tracy’s history in a Centennial Celebration Historical Exhibition.

INFO: William Wilson, 831-6278 or


Laura Scudders picnic

WHEN: Noon

WHERE: Lincoln Park, Eaton Avenue and Holly Drive

DETAILS: Former employees of the local Laura Scudders plant are invited to a potluck picnic. Raffle tickets will be sold.

COST: Free

INFO: Gloria, 836-1104; Bonnie, 835-1860; or Joyce, 836-3086


Hearts of Harvest

WHEN: 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mount Oso Vineyards — call 914-0475 for more details

DETAILS: Children with heart disease will benefit from this wine tasting, dinner and auction fundraiser. Founded by local parents of a child with heart disease, Hearts of Harvest has been helping area families deal with their children’s illnesses for the past seven years.



John Heffron Live at the Grand

WHEN: 8 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: This adults-only (18-and-older) show will feature John Heffron, winner of “Last Comic Standing.” His online radio show, “Class Clown,” can be found at

COST: $25 to $65

INFO: or 831-6858


Sunday, Sept. 12

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Tracy

DETAILS: The annual celebration of local legumes will feature a children’s craft area, games and vendors, four stages of entertainment and an expansive Bean Town Pavilion with tastings and beans for purchase.

INFO: 835-2131 or


Bean festival chili cook-off

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Central Avenue, between Ninth and 10th streets

DETAILS: Contestants will cook up pots of chili including beans provided by the festival. Prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m., and spectators can sample the chili after judging. Complete rules can be found online.

INFO: 835-2131 or


Monday, Sept. 13

WHEN: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Human Services Agency, 102 S. San Joaquin St., in Stockton

DETAILS: This is an orientation and informational meeting for prospective foster parents to be licensed by the San Joaquin County Human Services Agency.

INFO: 465-5437 or


Grandparents Day ice cream social

WHEN: 1:30 to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 E. Ninth St.

DETAILS: Frozen treats and activities will highlight this gathering to celebrate being a grandparent. Grandchildren are invited to take part.

COST: Free

INFO: 831-4230


Banta 4-H Club enrollment meeting

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Banta Elementary School gymnasium, 22345 El Rancho Road

INFO: Natalie, 481-9336


Tuesday, Sept. 14

WHEN: 8 to 10 a.m.; second Tuesday of each month (locations vary)

WHERE: Benham Accounting, 68 E. 11th St., Ste. 101

DETAILS: Chamber members and guests are invited to network over a light breakfast.

INFO: Sofia, 835-2131


Diabetes support group

WHEN: 9 a.m., second Tuesday of each month

WHERE: Healthy Connections, 35 E. 10th St.

DETAILS: Meet other people with diabetes along with an educator in a relaxed environment to share and learn about coping with the disease.

COST: Free

INFO: 832-3432


United Way kick-off

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Alex G. Spanos Center, University of the Pacific, 3061 Pacific Ave., in Stockton

DETAILS: This buffet lunch will help the San Joaquin County chapter of the United Way start the fundraising effort for its community impact fund, which each year helps charities all over the county.

COST: $25 a person, $300 a table

INFO: 320-6206 or


Congressional candidate speaks

WHEN: 6 p.m.

WHERE: Chez Shari Restaurant, 305 N. Union Road, in Manteca

DETAILS: David Harmer, a Republican who is challenging Democrat Rep. Jerry McNerney for the 11th Congressional District seat, will speak along with Mike Berryhill, a GOP-er running in the 18th District. The event is sponsored by the South San Joaquin County Republicans.

COST: Free to attend

INFO: Frank Aquila, 825-0123


Wednesday, Sept. 15

WHEN: 9 to 6 p.m. Oct. 23

WHERE: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1635 Chester Drive

DETAILS: Crafters and vendors are needed for this year’s Octoberfest. Ten-dollar discounts on booth space are available for reservations made by this day.

COST: $30 to $40 (with discount)

INFO: Vi Kramer, 833-7389 or 629-0409


Family caregiver education

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 E. Ninth St.

DETAILS: Those who care for aging parents or other relatives are invited to share questions and learn more about how to handle the challenges and responsibilities. Today’s topic is Medicare 101.

COST: Free


Meeting for prospective foster parents

WHEN: 4 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Cesar Chavez Central Library, Stewart-Hazelton Room, 605 N. El Dorado St., in Stockton

DETAILS: This is an orientation and informational meeting for prospective foster parents to be licensed by the San Joaquin County Human Services Agency.

INFO: 465-5437 or


Thursday, Sept. 16

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. until food runs out

WHERE: Larch Clover Community Center, 11157 W. Larch Road

DETAILS: Low-income people living in zip codes 95304, 95376, 95377 and 95351 can pick up free government-surplus food with proof of address, identification and a paper grocery bag. Household income must not exceed $1,354 for one person, $1,821 for two, $2,289 for three, $2,756 for four, $3,224 for five and $3,691 for six.

INFO: San Joaquin County Commodity Program, 468-3679


Diabetes support group

WHEN: 6 p.m., third Thursday of each month

WHERE: Healthy Connections, 35 E. 10th St.

DETAILS: Meet other people with diabetes along with an educator in a relaxed environment to share and learn about coping with the disease.

COST: Free

INFO: 832-3432


Friday, Sept. 17

WHEN: 5 to 10 p.m.; continues 12:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: St. Bernard’s church grounds, 163 W. Eaton Ave.; and Holy Family Center, 12100 W. Valpico Road

DETAILS: Free entertainment, silent auctions, games for children and adults, foods of all types, a family dinner and bingo will be on tap during this annual celebration. A live auction and dinner at the Holy Family Center will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday

COST: Free admission; dinner-auction reservations, $50

INFO: 835-4560


Saturday, Sept. 18

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Corral Hollow Realty World parking lot, near Ninth and B streets downtown

DETAILS: A sale of donated goods will help the Coalition of Tracy Citizens to Assist the Homeless continue its efforts to feed, clothe and house local individuals and families in need. Donations of usable items can be dropped off between 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, and from 6 to 8 a.m. the day of the sale.

INFO: Marvin Rothschild, 914-5242


Celebrate Mexican independence

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: MacDonald Park, at Central Avenue and First Street

DETAILS: Music, food, arts and crafts, a car show and handball tournament will be on tap during the Southside Community Organization’s celebration of Mexico’s 200th anniversary of independence from Spanish rule. The day is also a fundraiser for the Guadalupe Community Center building fund.

INFO: 836-9687


Children’s Dance Showcase

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: Dance students will perform favorite acts from past years.

INFO: or 831-6858


Sunday, Sept. 19

Train show ends

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Historical Museum, 1141 Adam St.

DETAILS: Last day of the European Train Enthusiasts’ model train display, which began Sept. 4

COST: Free

INFO: 832-7278


Republican scholarship fundraiser

WHEN: 3 p.m.

WHERE: The home of Debbie Elliott

DETAILS: The Tracy Republican Women’s Club will host an annual scholarship fundraiser, which raises money to help college-bound women of all political stripes attend school. The afternoon will include wine tasting.

INFO: For cost and details, 835-1263 or 835-8222


Monday, Sept. 20

First day of Griefshare class

WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays

WHERE: Calvary Chapel Tracy, 500 N. Corral Hollow Road

DETAILS: This class is designed for those who have lost a friend or relative.

COST: Free

INFO: 839-8099 or


Wednesday, Sept. 22

WHEN: 4 to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 E. Ninth St.

DETAILS: Men and women age 55 and older are invited to dress up and take a friend for an evening of dancing and fun. Music and snacks will set the mood.

COST: $5

INFO: 831-4230


Friday, Sept. 24

WHEN: 4 p.m. Oct. 1 through 8 a.m. Oct. 2

WHERE: St. Bernard’s Catholic School, 163 W. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: For this annual fundraiser, more than 300 girls and boys will camp out in decorated cardboard boxes with a goal of raising $30,000 in donations for Tracy’s McHenry House Family Shelter. Participants can sign up using a form available on the
Kids in a Box website; space is limited to the first 350. Forms should be returned to the St. Bernard’s office, 163 W. Eaton Ave., between 8 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or to the McHenry House office at 739 A St.

COST: Each participant must raise at least $50 in donations.

McHenry House Family Shelter, 835-2328; or


Taste of Tracy

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Civic Center Plaza

DETAILS: Local restaurants will serve samples of their cuisine, wineries will pour and Spanish Nights will provide live music.

COST: $10 for seven food and three wine tastings

INFO: 831-6858


Main Street Jazz Presents

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: The Grand lobbies will be transformed into a jazz nightclub as nu-class jazz band Panthelion, with Tracy’s Jeff Bordes, performs. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be available.

INFO: or 831-6858


Saturday, Sept. 25

WHEN: 9:30 a.m.; registration from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Begins and ends at Starbucks Coffee, 1857 W. 11th St.

DETAILS: This eighth annual walk will benefit the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County.

COST: $10 to register

INFO: or 941-2611


Citywide garage sale

WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Throughout Tracy’s east side

DETAILS: Households east of Tracy Boulevard will host garage and yard sales during this citywide event sponsored by the public works department.

INFO: 831-4331


Tracy High Class of 1990 reunion

WHEN: 6 p.m.

WHERE: Windmill Ridge Winery, 8350 W. Linne Road

DETAILS: The 20th reunion of the Tracy High School Class of 1990 is on tap. Join fellow Bulldogs for a cocktail hour, dinner, dancing and lots of story-sharing. Dinner and nonalcoholic beverages are included in the cost of the reunion, and there will be a no-host bar for alcohol. Visit for details.



Sunday, Sept. 26

DETAILS: Turn clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. or before bedtime Saturday, Sept. 25.


Tracy Hills Wine & Music Festival

WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE: La Bonne Vie Cellars, 29181 S. Lehman Road; Ramon Rios Winery, 8458 W. Linne Road; and Windmill Ridge Winery, 8350 W. Linne Road

DETAILS: The three wineries of the Tracy Hills Growers and Vintners Association will host their third annual day of wine tasting, music and food.

COST: Free entry; event glasses, $20 to 25

INFO:, or


Thursday, Sept. 30

WHEN: Through Oct. 3

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: Blanche DuBois, an aging Southern debutante, arrives at her sister Stella’s home in New Orleans hoping to start a new life after losing her ancestral mansion, her job and her reputation.

COST: $15

INFO: or 831-6858


Hair Illusions cutathon

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Hair Illusions, 1015 Central Ave.

DETAILS: All proceeds will go to the City of Hope cancer foundation.

COST: Minimum donation of $25 for cut and blow-dry

INFO: Rosa Cisneroz, 836-1020


Friday, Oct. 1

WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 E. Ninth St.

DETAILS: Dress Barn has teamed up with Lolly Hansen Senior Center for a showcase of the coming season’s fashions. Vendors will offer beauty and fashion wares.

COST: Free

INFO: 831-4230


Kids in a Box

WHEN: 4 p.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: St. Bernard’s Catholic School, 163 W. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: For this annual fundraiser, more than 300 girls and boys will camp out in decorated cardboard boxes with a goal of raising $30,000 in donations for Tracy’s McHenry House Family Shelter.

COST: Each participant must raise at least $50.

McHenry House Family Shelter, 835-2328;; or


Saturday, Oct. 2

WHEN: Noon to 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Reserve at Spanos Park, 6301 W. Eight Mile Road, in Stockton

DETAILS: The Tracy African American Association will host its annual Wayne Nelson Academic Scholarship Golf Tournament fundraiser. The group has awarded more than $62,000 in college scholarships to date. Entry fee includes lunch, dinner, cart and greens fees, trophies and prizes.

COST: $139 per golfer; $40 dinner only

INFO: Registration, James Atkins, 610-3515; sponsorship, Nate Terry, 601-6311; or


Sunday, Oct. 3

WHERE: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland

DETAILS: U Need 2, a Tracy-based nonprofit that helps give kids computer and technical skills for the future, will take kids on a trip to see the Oakland Raiders play the Houston Texans. Tickets are discounted, and a portion of the ticket sales goes to help the nonprofit. U Need 2 also sells tickets as a fundraiser to all other Raiders home games. For ticket cost and a meet-up time, visit the group’s website.



Saturday, Oct. 9

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Boyd Service Center, 520 Tracy Blvd., Gate 1

DETAILS: Residents and businesses can drop off unwanted electronics, used household batteries and light bulbs, cardboard and Styrofoam (No. 6 only). A complete list of restrictions can be found online. Sponsored by the city of Tracy and San Joaquin County.

COST: Free

INFO: Public works, 831-4420; or



Boys and Girls Clubs dinner-auction


WHERE: Scarlata Farms, 28557 S. Lehman Road

DETAILS: Gourmet food and wine will be paired with silent and live auctions at a Tracy vineyard to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tracy.

COST: $65; $500 for a table of eight

INFO: 832-2582


‘Come Together’ Beatles tribute concert

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: This multimedia touring show combines nearly three-dozen Beatles hits, recreating the look and sound of the Fab Four.

COST: $28 to $38

INFO: or 831-6858


Friday, Oct. 10

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 E. Ninth St.

DETAILS: Those who care for aging parents or other relatives are invited to share questions and learn more about how to handle the challenges and responsibilities. Today’s topic is planning ahead for a health crisis

COST: Free


Friday, Oct. 15

WHEN: Through Oct. 17

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: This favorite musical will thrill audiences of all ages with timeless songs and classic characters.

COST: $18

INFO: or 831-6858


Saturday, Oct. 16

WHEN: 4 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Ramon Rios Vineyard & Winery, 8458 W. Linne Road

DETAILS: Wine tasting, fine dining, live reggae music and a silent auction will star at this fundraiser to help people in Nigeria who lack safe, clean water. Sponsored by Chichi Console International, proceeds will benefit Project Rescue: A Clean Water and Sanitation Project.

COST: $30

INFO: Chichi Jack,; 485-2820; or


Saturday, Oct. 23

WHERE: Traina School, 4256 Windsong Drive

DETAILS: The festival is accepting applications for vendors for its upcoming Around the World multicultural celebration. Organizers still seek volunteers to help out, as well as food, craft, small-business and entertainment vendors.

INFO: Morgan Malsack, 207-8653; Sue Bosch, 814-2027; or


Praise dance concert at the Grand

WHEN: 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: “The Spirit of Excellence” is the second praise dance concert presented by Adoration Praise Dance Ministries of Stockton. Tickets are available online at or at the Grand Theatre box office downtown.

COST: $10; free for children age 8 and younger

INFO: 478-1450, 510-472-0074 or


Monday, Oct. 25

WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Council chambers, City Hall, 333 Civic Center Plaza

DETAILS: The city will host its seventh Teen Legislative Day, with discussions of politics and issues that concern teenagers. Some teachers may offer extra credit for attendance; check in advance. Snacks will be provided.

COST: Free



Wednesday, Oct. 27

WHEN: 7 p.m. nightly through Oct. 31

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: The 1923 theater and old jail will be transformed into a spooky haunted house.

COST: $8

INFO: or 831-6858


Friday, Oct. 29

WHEN: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: West 10th Street and Central Avenue

DETAILS: Downtown businesses will pour wine and food pairings will be offered during this adults-only evening, sponsored by the Tracy City Center Association. Participants are invited to wear costumes and masquerade attire.

COST: $25 presale, $30 day of stroll



Masquerade after-party

WHEN: 9 p.m. to midnight

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: Adults age 21 and older are invited for music, food, drinks and a visit to the Grand’s first haunted house.

COST: $8 with a wine stroll glass

INFO:; or 831-6858


Saturday, Oct. 30

WHEN: 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Portuguese Hall, 430 W. Ninth St.

DETAILS: The Tracy Educational Excellence Foundation presents its second murder-mystery dinner party as a fundraiser for the group, which gives grants to enhance local education. This year’s party is a 1930s mafia intrigue, in which diners must help solve the speakeasy mystery.

COST: $35 per person, $65 per couple, $300 for reserved table of eight, or $500 for a VIP sponsorship table

INFO: 830-3230 or



DETAILS: Center of Hope needs gifts of food and money to keep its food pantry doors open. Money or food can be dropped off or sent to 2514 Holly Drive, Tracy, CA 95376, and all donations are tax-deductible.

INFO: 835-1682


Vendors needed for multicultural fair

DETAILS: Traina School is accepting applications for vendors for the upcoming Traina Around the World Multicultural Event on Oct. 23. Organizers seek food and craft sellers, small businesses and entertainment troupes for this upcoming fundraiser.

INFO: Morgan Malsack, 207-8653 or


Free clothing available

DETAILS: The Because of Marcus clothing drive has clothes and shoes for those in need. Garments are available at no cost in most styles and virtually all sizes, from newborns through adults. Those interested can call or e-mail to set up a time and place to peruse and pick up items. More information can be found online at and

INFO: Jennifer Spikes, 627-0207 or


Vendors needed for Oktoberfest

DETAILS: Crafters and vendors are wanted for the 2010 Oktoberfest at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

INFO: Vi, 833-7389


Delta College workshops

WHEN: Thursdays through Dec. 9 (excluding holidays), 11 a.m.

WHERE: DeRicco Services Building, Room 151

DETAILS: Delta College will host informational workshops for prospective students that will go over college procedures and resources, as well as answer questions about campus programs and services.

COST: Free

INFO: Marie Williams, 954-5151, ext. 6135, or; or


Library activities for families

WHEN: Various days and times

WHERE: Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: The Tracy library hosts weekly story times and book clubs for readers of all levels. More information is available online or at the library.



Preschool story time in Mountain House

WHEN: 2 p.m. Tuesdays

WHERE: Mountain House Branch Library, 579 Wicklund Crossing

DETAILS: Preschoolers and their families are invited for half an hour of stories, poetry, songs, fingerplays and movement.



Mindfulness Meditation

WHEN: 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays; 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Fridays

WHERE: Flow Yoga Studio, 3602 Mars Way, Ste. 125

DETAILS: Guided sitting meditation and topic discussion

COST: Free; donations welcome

INFO: Silvia Kruse, 830-0405; Abhilasha, 834-1511; or


Volunteer gardeners wanted

DETAILS: The Tracy Homeless Coalition has acquired a 12-foot-by-25-foot garden plot and plans to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for the homeless. The coalition is looking for garden lovers to manage and maintain it. Responsibilities include soil preparation, selecting plants and planting them, maintenance and harvest.

INFO: Marvin Rothschild, 914-5242


Scrapbooking opportunity

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursdays

WHERE: Seventh-day Adventist Church in Tracy, 2025 Holly Drive

DETAILS: Take your own supplies or use what is available to make scrapbooks as part of this engaging group.

COST: Free

INFO: 835-5342


Kids’ entertainment at Chili’s

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Sundays

WHERE: Chili’s Grill & Bar, 2030 W. Grant Line Road

DETAILS: Face painting, magic, balloon twisting and more with local clowns Sparkles and Ravioli

COST: Free


Book club

WHEN: Second Wednesday of each month, 9 a.m.

WHERE: Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 Ninth St.

DETAILS: Each month, a title will be selected and participants will get together for coffee, snacks and a discussion of the book. Call for this month’s selection.

INFO: 831-4230


Volunteers for Road for Recovery

DETAILS: The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteer drivers to offer cancer patients safe and friendly transportation to and from their treatments.

INFO: Molly Bolognini, 941-2679


Summer open-swim hours

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends through Sept. 5

WHERE: Pinkie Phillips Aquatic Center at West High, 1775 W. Lowell Ave.

COST: $2 per person or $15 for a 10-visit pass; free for infants and toddlers up to 2 years old

DETAILS: Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

INFO: 831-6200 or
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Class of 1970 classmate search

DETAILS: Tracy High School’s Class of 1970 is planning its 40th reunion for Sept. 11 at the Tracy Elks Lodge and is searching for classmates. Those who want to help contact classmates are invited to call for more information.

INFO: Debbie Castro Grimstead, 835-6185; or Karen Workinger Corbin, 836-2376


Gymnasium open for games

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturdays

WHERE: Seventh-day Adventist Christian School gym, corner of West 21st Street and Court Drive

DETAILS: The school opens its gym for basketball, volleyball and other games.

INFO: 835-6607


Tracy Farmers Market

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

WHERE: Downtown Tracy, 10th Street between Central Avenue and B Street

DETAILS: Visit the year-round farmers market in downtown Tracy for the best locally grown fruits and vegetables.



Donations for the homeless

DETAILS: The Tracy Coalition of Citizens to Assist the Homeless is looking for donations of furniture and household items to help homeless people being placed in housing.

INFO: Marvin Rothschild, 832-5715


Salsa class

WHEN: 7 p.m. Mondays

WHERE: Portuguese Hall, 430 W. Ninth St.

DETAILS: Salsa instructors Christina and Dan Ocampo will host salsa classes on Mondays. Partners are not required and drop-ins are welcomed.

COST: $8

INFO: 207-9644 or


Yoga weight-loss meeting

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. Saturdays

WHERE: Flow Yoga Studio, 3602 Mars Way, Ste. 125

COST: Free

INFO: 830-0405 or


Pet adoptions

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 4 p.m. Sundays

WHERE: West Valley Mall, 3200 N. Naglee Road

DETAILS: A rescue group will have pet adoption fairs at the mall on weekends in hopes of getting more animals adopted faster. All dogs are neutered or spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, and cats are neutered or spayed and vaccinated.

COST: Cats, $75; dogs, $250

INFO: 642-4324


Animal adoption fair

WHEN: 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., first two weekends of each month

WHERE: Petsmart, 2477 Naglee Road

DETAILS: No Place Like Home Animal Rescue will have cats, kittens, dogs and puppies available to adopt. All animals are spayed or neutered before adoption and are up to date on shots.

COST: $225 for a dog, $95 for a cat

INFO: Terrence Harris, 207-3285; or 
Cat adoption

WHERE: Petco, 2888 W. Grant Line Road

DETAILS: Animal Rescue of Tracy features cats for adoption continuously in its adoption center at Petco. The cats and kittens are rotated every two weeks.a

COST: $75 adoption fee, which includes spay or neuter, vaccines, flea treatment and deworming

INFO: 609-8220

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