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Easter weekend fun: Egg hunts, beer & more

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POSTED April 17, 2014 12:01 a.m.

To make sure this weekend is not all about glazed ham, rack of lamb and chocolate desserts, sign up for the 10th annual Easter Run and Fun on Saturday, April 19, at the beautiful Lodi Lake at 8 a.m. There will also be a children’s Fun Run at 9:20 a.m. All 5K and 10K runners and walkers receive a shirt, pancake breakfast, and a raffle entry. Proceeds will benefit the Lodi Salvation Army’s Hope Harbor Family Service Center. For more info go to

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What are you doing this weekend?

Even though Earth Day is not until Tuesday, enjoy the fabulous weather during the Easter weekend and take your family to celebrate the 25th annual Earth Day in the Park in Modesto’s Graceada Park (401 Needham Ave., Modesto) on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be everything that you imagine, music by The Silly String Band, EarthCapades Environmental Vaudeville (yes, vaudeville is not dead) and Bubblemania & Company too. You can bring your paper to be shredded for free, electronic waste to be recycled, also for free, and old clothes to be donated to the Society for Disabilities Thrift Store. If you bring a used mercury thermostat or thermometer, you will receive a $5 movie gift card! And don’t worry about parking; there will be plenty of space at the Cross Point Church parking lot on Needham Avenue and a free shuttle bus will take you directly to the park. Price: Free. Learn more at

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Mysterious cracking of twigs, random animal sounds and only the light of a campfire illuminating the zoo – this and more is waiting for your children during the Micke Grove Zoological Society’s Zoo After Dark. Six times a year Micke Groove Zoo lets visitors come to and enjoy animals in their nocturnal habitat. The gates will open Saturday, April 19, at 6:30 and visitors (ages 5 and up only) will enjoy two hours of games, crafts, campfire snacks, storytelling and even a night tour of the zoo! Local wildlife such as egrets, skinks, owls, and raccoons may make an appearance, so you better be ready! While some flashlights will be provided, you may want to bring your own as it will be your only source of light besides the warm campfire. Doesn’t it sound like fun? Price: $10 per person. Learn more at

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This weekend is not all about family and the quintessential celebration of spring – Easter – but also about, surprisingly, beer. The third annual Capitol City International Beerfest is scheduled for Saturday, April 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. The organizers are promising unlimited beer tastings from some of the world’s best beer producers, but also unique micro-brews from the Sacramento area plus food from local food trucks along with live music. You can tease your taste buds with caramel flavored Monkey First IPA, chocolaty Gulden Draak, a Czech Pilsener style beer called Summerfest or dry and bitter Lucifer. Don’t worry about drinking and driving, because when you download the Uber app and use code CapCityBeer, you will get $20 off your first ride. Plus, tickets for designated drivers are only $5 each. So, bottoms up?

Price: $25 - $30 (21 and over). Learn more at

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People call me Jon, but you can call me tonight. If you were a steak you would be well done. These and more hilarious pick-up lines grace the website of California native and Capitol Records rising country star Jon Pardi as a promo to his new song What I Can’t Put Down. He barely released his debut album, Write You A Song, this January, and he already scored a Top 10 and a Top 25 single. He has shared a stage with Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan or Eric Church in the past, and now it’s his time to shine. He will perform at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts (715 Central Ave., Modesto) on Friday, April 18, at 8 p.m. Don’t miss it! Price: $15 - $19. Learn more at

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Have more fun this weekend

• You can bring the whole family to a free Easter Breakfast and Carnival with games, crafts, face-painting, and more at the Bear Creek Community Church, 11171 N. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi, on Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• Annual Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza for ages 12 and under at will take place at Boomers, 4215 Bangs Avenue, Modesto on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration starts at 9 a.m. (Free)

• Children can also hunt for eggs during Funworks Eggstravaganza at Funworks, 3407 Coffee Road, Modesto, on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. (Free)

• Manteca Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the Northgate Park (1750 Hoyt Lane, Manteca) on Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m. (FREE) 

The Tracy community egg hunt will be held at Lincoln Park at the corner of Eaton Avenue and East Street on Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m. (Free) 

The Mountain House community egg hunt at the Central Community Park (25 Main Street, Mountain House) is scheduled for Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. Children up to second grade are invited.

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