News briefs for Friday, Oct. 27, 2023

Oct. 27—Parkinson's support group meeting

LODI — A Parkinson's disease support group meeting for patients and caregivers will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6 at GracePoint Church, 801 S. Lower Sacramento Road. For more information, call Robin Bray at 209-269-1080 or Maureen Olsen at 209-329-1185.

— Wes Bowers

Dia de los Muertos event

STOCKTON — The Mexican Heritage Center Gallery hosts Dia de los Muertos from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at 111 S. Sutter St., Stockton.

There will be performances by Spirits of Barrio Del Chivo, Raices Folkloric Dance Group, Aztec dancers, Grupo Carillo Band, and mariachis. There will also be a classic low rider car show, activities for children, face painting, street art, food and culture vendors.

For more information, call 209-969-9306.

— Wes Bowers

Grants for independent restaurants now available

SACRAMENTO — The California Restaurant Foundation is opening applications for its Restaurants Care Resilience Fund, and is awarding $5,000 grants to 182 independent restaurants across the state this fall.

Grants can be applied to technology adoption, equipment upgrades, employee onboarding and retention, or unforeseen hardships. Since the fund's launch, more than 1,100 grants have been awarded to independent restaurants across California — of which 68% were owned by women, and 83% are owned by people of color.

Grants will be available to all California-based restaurant owners located in the utility companies' service areas that have less than five units and less than $3 million in revenue. Priority will be given to restaurants who have yet to receive a grant; however, previous recipients are welcome to re-apply.

Applications will be open from Oct. 25 to Nov. 8 and can be found online at

— Wes Bowers