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It’s time for everyone to celebrate everything Irish

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POSTED March 12, 2014 11:30 p.m.

Crab feeds are almost over; it’s time to get your grub on with corned beef and cabbage! The Manteca Council #88 Young Men Institute is hosting a corned beef and cabbage dinner at the St. Anthonys Cafeteria today. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children, and you don’t have to buy a ticket – simply pay at the door. Takeout dinner is available from 4:30 p.m., sit-down dinner is at 5. 

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The Manteca American Legion 249 corned beef and cabbage dinner is Saturday, March 15, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. The cost is $12 and you can either come and sit down or arrange a takeout meal. For tickets contact Penny Winston at 209.470.8691.

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Are you by any chance trying to escape brain-hungry zombies? Because exactly that is the premise of The Zombie Run on Saturday, March 15, at the Sacramento Raceway. You don’t have to be the fastest, beat your friends or your personal time limit. No, you have to stay alive and survive the brutally funny 3.1-mile run with a dozen of insane obstacles and a hundred of brain-hungry zombies trying to take your life flags during the Zombie Run: Extreme (starts at 9 a.m.) If you decide to try your luck during the Zombie Run: Black Ops, you will run in a pitch dark obstacle course full of zombies where your only guide light will be fire (starts at 8 p.m.) You can either register as a human runner and get three “life flags” around your waist that the grubby mitts of zombies will try to take from you, or you can register as a zombie and have fun jumping at unsuspecting runners from the least likely places. BRAAAAAAIIIIIIINNNNSSSSS! Price: $50 - $100. Learn more at

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Did you know that Shrek can sing? The award-winning St. Mary’s High School Theatre department proudly presents the first local production of Shrek the Musical, starting on Friday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. The school has worked hard on rehearsing new songs, practicing choreographed dances, painting breathtaking scenery in the background and bringing special effects to life. Your children will love to see Shrek and Fiona on stage (maybe even talk to them after the play) and you will love to see perform young talents who are in most cases children themselves – except the live orchestra with local professional musicians. Gather your family and bring them to the Long Theatre at the University of the Pacific at 1041 Dave Brubeck Way in Stockton to one of the seven scheduled performances. 

Price: $10 - $15. Learn more here at

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On St. Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish, with the same reasoning as on Cinco De Mayo everyone is Mexican. Discover your hidden Irish personality two days before the official shenanigans in Sacramento at the 18th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 15, at 1 p.m. The parade full of colorful marchers dressed in green will form on 2nd Street near Crocker Art Museum, and then the Irish and Highland dancers, pipers and drummers will continue north on 2nd Street to J street. You will see (and hear) more than 1,000 marchers of different backgrounds united with the sole purpose of celebrating everything Irish. PS: If Sacramento is too far for you, there is a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration closer to home – where else but Dublin? The parade starts on Saturday, March 15, at 9:30 a.m. and an accompanying festival will last the whole weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Price: FREE Learn more at and at

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You may know him as a great stand-up comic, or as George Banks, the Father of the Bride (he actually starred in more than 50 movies) but Steve Martin is surprisingly a skilled musician as well. He taught himself to play banjo at the age of 17 and by now has perfected his skills so much that he actually started winning prizes – Grammys, to be exact. His house is adorned by the 2014 Grammy for Best American Roots Song and 2012 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album that he won together with The Steep Canyon Rangers. You will have a chance to listen to their joint performance on Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton. His music is no joke and you will love the combination of the Steep Canyon Rangers bluegrass music, Martin’s fast-picking banjo playing and his witty banter.

Price: $42.50 - $99.50. Learn more at

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Lucky Fest is here! If you don’t know what it means, we will tell you – the most amazing and unique experience that you can ever imagine in Modesto, featuring 25 custom St. Patrick’s themed pubs built from the ground up for one day only. You can visit places like the Irish Chicken Coop, Leprechaun’s Lair, Green Flamingo or Dublin Municipal Zoo, proudly sport a fake ‘stache and get arrested for various infractions like being too cute or having too cool of a haircut at the biggest pub crawl in the Central Valley. There are only two rules – you must wear something green and you must be over 21 to attend. There is a little something for everyone at Lucky Fest, whether it is traditional bag pipe music, rockabilly, acoustic musicians, professional and amateur dancers, but one thing is only for the chosen ones. If you purchase a Fast Pass Lucky Fest ticket, you will have exclusive access to the bathroom facilities in Modesto Centre Plaza. No Port-A-Potties, but real bathrooms with real toilets and sinks. Sometimes even this can be a welcomed perk. Price: $12 - $20. Learn more at

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Have more fun this weekend!

• Go back in time at the Totally 80’s Wine Party at Lodi’s Wine Social on Saturday, March 15, at 7 p.m. ($10) 

• Get your hockey fix with the Stockton Thunder and learn something about environmental issues at Stockton Thunder vs. Utah Grizzlies on Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. ($13.60 - $38.65)

• Go explore Vasco Caves with Indian rock art at the Brushy Peak Regional Preserve in Livermore on Sunday, March 16, at 9 a.m. ($10)


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