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Autumn Harvest Barbeque on October 21, 2023

Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired invites clients and their families to an Autumn Harvest Barbeque on Saturday, October 21, 2023, noon to 3:00 p.m. Atherton Park, 1978 Quail Lakes Drive, Stockton will serve as the venue for this event courtesy of a Community Grant from San Joaquin Community Foundation.

Join the festivities--fun, games, costume contest, and more--as we promote solidarity and healing for pandemic recovery. Please bring your own chairs.

You MUST R.S.V.P. by October 13, 2023 to Audrey by phone at (209) 466-3836 or e-mail at No exceptions, please!

CCBVI will offer an alternate venue--and notify those who R.S.V.P. by October 13--in the event of inclement weather.

Happy Autumn! See you on October 21.



Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CCBVI) is teaming with Quick Quack Car Wash Stockton Trinity for the best fundraiser of the year! Bring the flyer (paper or digital) to Quick Quack Car Wash, 5112 Scott Creek Drive, Stockton, on August 19, 2023, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to benefit CCBVI. Quick Quack Car Wash will donate only those car wash purchases accompanied by the flyer.

The CCBVI board of directors invites you to attend the annual board meeting on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at noon, in-person at CCBVI and via Uberconference. A brief presentation will highlight activities, accomplishments, and services provided during the past year. Additionally, the board will share information on goals and objectives for the upcoming year. After the presentation, community comments will follow for approximately thirty (30) minutes. Individuals are invited to speak for up to two (2) minutes.

Thank you. We look forward to your participation.

CCBVI Annual Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 23, 2023, Noon

In-person: 2453 Grand Canal Boulevard, Suite 5, Stockton, California

Uberconference: (209) 255-2399

Please join Shauna Jatho, R.N., B.S.N., Clinical Nurse Educator, Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. for a hybrid (in-person at CCBVI and remote) Non-24 educational presentation on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 10:30 a.m. The event will take place live at CCBVI, 2453 Grand Canal Boulevard, Suite 5, Stockton, and via Uberconference.

Please R.S.V.P. to Audrey Tan by e-mail ( or telephone (209.466.3836) by 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2023 if you plan to attend in-person.

Non-24 Hour Sleep-Wake Circadian Rhythm Disorder is a serious chronic disorder: 

  • For people who are blind or visually impaired and unable to perceive any or enough light, the body clock and sleep-wake cycle can become out of sync with the 24 hour day-night cycle.
  • People who have Non-24 experience a constant daily shift in the times when their body expects to sleep and be awake, creating periods when they may be awake at night and want to sleep during the day.
  • Without enough or any light cues, individuals living with Non-24 may experience the following symptoms—
  • Trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep during the night
  • A strong urge to sleep during the day or a tendency to fall asleep unexpectedly
  • Sleep patterns that are different from those of most other people they know

OrCam and Sterling Adaptives are excited to be partnering to offer a free demonstration on OrCam devices. OrCam Read and OrCam MyEye help users live independently by assisting with reading, facial recognition, product identification and more.

Join us on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 2453 Grand Canal Boulevard, Suite 5, Stockton, California, to learn about the solutions OrCam has available for those with low vision or reading difficulties. After a live demo of OrCam devices, attendees can experience the products hands-on. OrCam experts will be on-site to answer questions and help you decide if the devices are right for you or a loved one.

Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired has provided programs and services since 1949 to residents of San Joaquin County who are blind or visually impaired.

Location: 2453 Grand Canal Boulevard, Suite 5, Stockton, California 95207-8259
When: Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

How To Register
Phone: (415) 878-2922, extension 106

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Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CCBVI) will host Tacos and Tequila to benefit the Ron Valverde Scholarship on Friday, April 14, 2023. Church of the Presentation, 1515 West Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton, will serve as the venue for this event to raise revenue to support scholarships for youth who are blind or visually impaired. The agency is the only one in San Joaquin County that offers specialized services that provide the tools to empower and inspire people who are blind or have low vision to achieve their full potential.

Tacos and Tequila remembers Ron Valverde. Ron's selfless service with Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired spanned more than five decades. He did it all: board member, volunteer, staff member, friend. He touched more lives than anyone can count. Ron lives in everyone's heart.

Tickets cost $45.00 per person and include:

  • Three tacos (choice of carne asada, carnitas, pollo)
  • Chips and Salsa
  • Salad
  • Rice and Beans
  • Bottled Water
  • CCBVI shot glass and three tequila shots
  • Top shelf tequila with two tastings available for purchase
  • Beer and soda available for purchase
  • Raffle prizes and a 50/50 raffle

For more information, or to order tickets by phone, contact Sarah at (209) 466-3836, extension 7, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Contact: Maximilian Cao

(209) 467-6628

Effective Sunday, January 22, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is continuing its commitment to restoring service to many of its routes and extending service hours for more convenient connections with other routes. 

“The restoration and extension of services are an important step forward as we strive to rebuild a reliable and efficient transit system for our customers in a post-pandemic environment,” said RTD CEO Alex Clifford.  “RTD remains committed to ensuring equitable access to public transit, providing quality service, and addressing the needs of our community.” 

Notable improvements are as follows:

  • BRT Express Routes 43, 44, 47, and 49 will extend service hours to approximately 7:30 p.m. to mirror BRT Express 40 on the weekends 
  • BRT Express Route 47 will add a new bus stop at Commerce Street and Steamboat Landing. 
  • Metro Hopper Routes 1 through 9 will extend service hours to approximately 7:30 p.m. for more convenient connections with other routes 
  • Local Routes 510, 515, 520, 525, 545, 555, 578, and 580 will extend services hours to approximately 8:30 p.m. more convenient connections with other routes 
  • Local Routes 566, 576, and 578 will extend service hours to approximately 7:30 p.m. with additional service to fill in gaps in the middle of the day 
  • County Hopper Routes 90, 91, 93, 95, and 97 service hours will be fully restored to pre-pandemic levels 
  • Commuter Routes 150 and 163 service hours will be fully restored to pre-pandemic levels

 A complete list of service changes is available at

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is the regional transit provider for San Joaquin County.  RTD’s mission is to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for the region.  For more information visit, follow RTD on Facebook and Twitter, or call (209) 943-1111.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announced $4.5 billion in assistance today to help lower heating costs for American families this winter. Today’s announcement is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s work to lower costs and give working and middle-class American families more breathing room.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds – distributed by ACF’s Office of Community Services – will go to states, territories, and tribes. In addition to subsidizing home heating costs this winter and covering unpaid utility bills, the federal program will help families make cost-effective home energy repairs to lower their heating and cooling bills.
The funds announced today are a combination of regular appropriations by Congress, $100 million from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and additional emergency funding Congress included in the September continuing resolution following the Biden-Harris Administration’s request for these funds. “For more than 40 years, this program has helped low-income families pay their home heating and cooling bills,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “As heating costs increase, it is more important than ever to help families struggling to make ends meet. With this funding, we will help protect the health and well-being of Americans by keeping them safe and warm this winter.”
This past year, LIHEAP served over 5.3 million households with heating, cooling, and weatherization services. This support was particularly important during the winter and summer months, as millions of Americans dealt with extreme weather and natural disasters. “No family or person should have to go without needed heating or cooling in their home,” said ACF Assistant Secretary January Contreras. “This funding will support struggling individuals and families by helping lift the economic burden of staying warm this winter.”
“Low-income households spend three times more of their income on energy costs than more affluent households,” said Dr. Lanikque Howard, director of ACF Office of Community Services. “As extreme weather events increase in frequency, it is more important than ever that we do everything we can to ensure individuals and families are aware of, apply for, and receive assistance.”
The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to lowering energy costs for American families, especially as winter approaches and Russia’s war in Ukraine continues to pressure the global energy market. President Biden is releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to lower gas prices and calling on energy companies to pass on their savings from lower oil and wholesale gas prices to consumers. He also secured the Inflation Reduction Act, which utility CEOs say will save American families hundreds of dollars a month on utility bills.
Individuals interested in applying for energy assistance can visit or call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) hotline toll-free at: 1-866-674-6327.


The Biden-Harris Administration has launched a new initiative to expand the availability of at-home tests that are more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. The tests work with a compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphone and a free app to provide users with audible instructions and audible test results. Read more about the tests. How to get the tests: Order online or by calling 1-800-232-0233.

  • Each order will include two rapid-antigen tests that are more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision.
  • Orders will ship free, while supplies last.  

Because supplies are limited, please order the more accessible tests only if you do not have options for using the standard tests. If you have someone you trust who can help you administer the test and interpret results (in person, or through a video platform like FaceTime or Zoom), or can use assistive technology (such as AIRA or Be My Eyes), please order the standard tests. This initiative complements the Administration’s efforts to expand production of more accessible tests and work with private sector partners on the development of new accessible tests.  Need more assistance?  The trained staff at the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) can provide additional assistance with:

  • Ordering tests.
  • Understanding instructions for test administration and test results.
  • Providing alternative instructions for traditional at-home tests for people who are unable to access, read, or understand the manufacturer’s version.
  • For those who cannot use an at-home test, DIAL operators can:
    • Assist with ordering “swab and send” kits to collect a sample and mail it back for results.
    • Connect callers to local organizations for assistance locating other testing options in their community, including in-home testing programs or transportation or companion support to visit a community-based testing site.

Call 888-677-1199 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern) or email

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) in partnership with Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) will provide complimentary transit for all 7th – 12th grade SUSD students beginning Wednesday, June 1 just in time for summer school. Students can ride RTD buses at no cost by simply showing their valid student ID to the bus operator and hop aboard.

Beyond trips to school, students can travel to after-school programs, community centers, libraries, summer jobs, and more. Complementary trips are valid within the Stockton Metropolitan area all year round and does not include RTD Van Go! and Commuter services.

“As an agency, RTD is focused on providing equitable access to transportation for all,” said RTD CEO Alex Clifford. “Transportation should not be a barrier to education. As gas prices continue to soar, this is a timely partnership. Not only does this program helps students gain access to transportation, but it will also help our continued efforts in reducing greenhouse gases and carbon footprint from single occupancy vehicles.”

Parents and students can learn more at