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BugFest in Stockton, rodeo fun in Oakdale

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POSTED April 10, 2014 12:46 a.m.

The Men’s Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ripon Post 1051 will host its Seafood Platter at 12455 West Ripon Road on Saturday, April 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be 50/50 raffle and a DJ entertaining the guests. Donation of $15 per person is recommended. 

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Your children will be bug-eyed while looking at the live insect displays from the Bohart Museum of Entomology and majestic snakes in the Great Valley Serpentarium during the Oak Grove Nature Center’s BugFest on Saturday, April 12. First it will be fun when “The Bug Doctor” takes children around at a bug collecting expedition and there will be hands-on bug themed crafts and games. Things will soon turn creepy and crawly, as you watch insect race, pet arthropods (anything from spiders and scorpions to centipedes and insects) and even taste some crickets or worms or other edible insects. Sounds like your type of fun? The BugFest! At Oak Grove Nature Center (4520 W. Eight Mile Road, Stockton) starts at 10 a.m.

Price: Activities are free, $6 parking fee per vehicle

Learn more here

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Howdy, cowboys and cowgirls! Are you ready to get your boots dirty and send your hats flying? The 63rd annual Oakdale Rodeo will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, with the grand entry at 1:30 p.m. each day. This year’s announcer is Jody Carper, with Rodeo Clown Clint Sylvester and Rodeo Bullfighters Chance Jackson and Rick Moffet promising and unforgettable event. If watching tough men and fast horses is not your thing, don’t worry. The whole town of Oakdale comes alive with something for everyone – dancing, art exhibition and a parade. Dali’s signed lithographs are on display at the Oakdale Museum and the Oakdale Rodeo Parade starts on Saturday, April 12, at 9 a.m. at F Street and Mann Avenue in Oakdale. The parade goes through town and ends at F and Maag avenues at the Foothill Shopping Center. The 21+ only dance will be held at the Clubhouse at the Rodeo Grounds also on Saturday at 8 p.m. If you climb in the saddle, be ready for the ride.

Price: Parade is free, rodeo is $20 for adults and $10 for children Learn more at

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There is something special about the first day of school, first day of a new year or a first day of a baseball season. The Stockton Ports will celebrate its first game of the 2014 season against the Visalia Rawhide tonight at 7:05 p.m. With over 60 seasons under their belts and 11 league titles to their credit (the most among the league’s active franchises), the Ports are truly a distinguished part of Stockton’s history. If you would like to enjoy another historical moment with them – and enjoy some ballpark food – go out to the Banner Island Ballpark on the Downtown Stockton waterfront and cheer on the Ports as they play America’s favorite pastime. After the show there will be fireworks presented by Jackson Rancheria and the first 2,500 guests will receive a magnet schedule. Are you singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” yet?

Price: $9 - $21 Learn more at

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Remember the awesome daddy-daughter dance held about a month ago? Well, now it’s a chance for all moms, grandmas and aunts and their boys, sons, grandsons and nephews to enjoy an evening full of music and dancing! The first St. Anthony’s School Mother & Son Dance will be on Saturday, April 12, in the St. Anthony’s School Gymnasium from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a DJ, photo booth with rock star themed portrait photos, popcorn, cotton candy and a raffle, and your boys can also enter a free air guitar contest – it’s time to start practicing! All that activity can leave you hungry, but don’t worry, you and your boys won’t be starving, because your ticket includes a hot dog, nacho boat, and dessert. So the only question is – what are you wearing? Price: $10 per person. Learn more at

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This beautiful weather is a perfect invitation for a day of fishing and fun in the water. Pack your gear and waterproof shoes and head up towards the Sierra to the Moccasin Creek Hatchery (15300 Highway 49, at the junction of Highways 49 and 120) for a Trout Fest hosted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be plenty of activities for everyone, from improving your fishing skills to rigging, casting and fish cleaning (and trout tasting, yum!). If you won’t be able to catch your own fish, there will be a trout touch pool, and you can also explore the hatchery and its services. All equipment is provided, so the only thing you need to bring is lunch and enthusiasm. The drive from Manteca to the hatchery is approximately an hour long. 

Price: Free. Learn more at 

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Have more fun this weekend!

• This is the last weekend to see a special rotating exhibit It’s Electrifying! Alternative Fuel Vehicles in California at the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento, on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ($4 - $8)

• Let’s go Thunder, let’s go! Stockton Thunder will play their last home game on Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. ($13.60 - $27.45)

• Watch Sister Mary Clarence help her fellow convent sisters find their musical voice in Sister Act in the Community Center Theater in Sacramento on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. ($21 - $81)

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