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POSTED March 27, 2014 12:16 a.m.

The Manteca Sororptimist Spring Tea & Fashion Show is Saturday, March 29, at noon at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tea is served at 1 p.m. with a three-course luncheon. Models from age 15 to over 60 will show off fashions from Maurices and the Dress Barn. Tickets are $25. They are available at Tipton’s in downtown Manteca or from Soropotimist members.

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Elegant Edibles is not your mother’s PTA event, because honestly, it’s called Elegant Edibles – it must be awesome. And it will include an award-winning chef. Weston Elementary PFA is proud to present Elegant Edibles: A Food and Spirit Tasting Event on Saturday, March 29, at the Ripon Community Center from 6 p.m. to midnight. The second annual event will include a local celebrity, Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen winner chef Michael Midgley, a chef at Ernie’s Food & Spirits in Manteca, who just recently published his first cookbook. You can indulge in a variety of dishes, from bite-size appetizers to full entrees and desserts from 30 different local vendors. The evening will continue with fun raffles, wine grab, a chance to win a door prize and dancing. The only downside of this event is the age restriction –  you must be at least 21 to attend and no children are allowed, which is maybe not that big of a downside at all. Price: $35 - $40 Learn more at

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It’s time to put your hiking boots on! Spring is in full bloom and it’s actually so hot outside right now that Daffodil Hill is forced to close early this year. It usually stays open well into April, but hot temperatures have forced the McLaughlins to close their family owned and operated farm sometime this weekend. If you want to try your luck, call 209.296.7048 to check if they are still open. But when you find out that daffodils are out of your reach, we have an alternative for you. Head over to Cosumnes River Preserve for a seven-mile hike led by trained naturalists who will take you along the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch Trail. You will see plenty of vernal pools and if you’re lucky, plenty of endangered species such as California tiger salamander, fairy shrimp or western spadefood toad. Enjoy the dramatic views of extensive blue oak woodlands and even peaks of the Sierra Nevada in the distance. Weather should be in your favor!  Price: $10 per vehicle Learn more at

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Wine, wine, wine. We can guarantee you wine will be on your mind when you go to the annual Lodi Spring Wine Show at the Ole Mettler Grape Pavilion at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds. More than 50 wineries will gather under one roof to present you the very best from their production, and their talented winemakers will teach you how to taste and make wine. You will have a chance to sample gourmet olive oils and nibble on foods from some of the area’s finest food purveyors. It’s basically like visiting several different wineries in one day – but no driving is required. If you get tired from the constant eating and schmoozing with fellow wine-loving friends, you can relax on the “Cigar and Port” patio. Don’t forget to enter to win the Ultimate Wine Basket of over 100 bottles of wine. The Spring Wine Show will be open on Friday, March 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, March 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. Price: $30 - $35 Learn more at

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Do you have a little scientist at home, or are you interested in fossils? If so, then don’t miss the last weekend of interactive exhibition Blast from the Past: Rockin’ Rocks & Diggin’ Dinos at the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center in Sacramento. The fascinating displays will include everything from rocks to magnets to volcanoes and fossils. Plus, everything is more fun when you do it in a costume. All young visitors are invited to try on costumes and learn more about the lives and work of professional paleontologists Mary Anning and Roy Chapman Andrews. The museum is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Price: $6 - $8. Learn more at

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This Saturday will be legendary! You may have heard about John Legend, but this Saturday you get to hear him live, perform in an acoustic setting, with guitar and vocal accompaniment and a string quartet. Another reason to go to the Gallo Center in Modesto (if a nine-time Grammy Award winner is not enough) – The Legend-Ary Party! Following John Legend’s performance the party will move to Surla’s Restaurant at 431 12th Street at 9 p.m. for a night of dancing, eating and maybe even drinking, since there will be a no-host bar available. Just in case John’s smooth music is not your style, you can still go and party, since you don’t have to go to the actual concert to attend the after party. But it’s more fun that way. Price: $25 for the after party. Learn more at


• Admire vintage fashion at the Yesteryears’ Treasures fashion show at the Stockton Golf and Country Club on Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m. ($55 including lunch)

• Pay a tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 30, at 2:30 p.m. ($40)


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