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POSTED April 24, 2014 12:11 a.m.

An array of talented singers, dancers, musicians, bands, comics, magicians and other youth, teens and young adults ages 5-21 will perform during the Manteca Parks & Recreation/GK Music “Got Talent?”, a talent show and competition held Saturday, April 26, at 11 a.m. at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tickets to watch are $8 each.

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Dance & Cheer Stars is conducting a Spring Boutique & Wine Tasting Fundraiser that will also benefit Give Every Child a Chance on Saturday, April 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event full of local wines, Ghirardelli chocolates, Petaluma Creamery and Springhill gourmet cheeses and lots of other delicious eats to taste will be held at their studio at 1240 Dupont Court. Tickets are $20 each.

Drink for the community! The Sierra High School Athletic Boosters will be hosting its annual wine social at Delicato’s Winery, 12001 S. Highway 99, in Manteca, on Saturday, April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event benefits all of Sierra High School’s athletic programs. There will be raffle prizes, silent auction items, finger foods and wine. Tickets are only $15 per person.

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What are you doing this weekend?

Will you be running, by any chance? Manteca’s very own luminously electrifying Neon Night Run 5K will be held on Saturday, April 26, at Northgate Park (1750 Hoyt Lane). Wear a 1980s disco costume – anything with tutus, bright colors, leg warmers, off-the-shoulder or shoulder pads is good – and don’t forget about proper 80s big hair! The crazier the better, because there will be awards for best costumes in three different categories. Don’t worry about the park being overcrowded; runners will be released in 15-minute waves, with the first going off about 8:30 p.m., shortly after sunset. During the run you will go through luminosity stations and the fun does not end at the finish line – there will be an after-glow party following the run. Don’t forget to bring friends to watch live so that when you’re bragging later, you’ll have witnesses! Price: $34 - $65

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He’s hot, he’s talented, and he’s country! If you haven’t heard Brantley Gilbert yet, you are missing out. The 29-year old Georgia native started his musical career five years ago when a car accident opened his eyes and he decided to pursue his love for music as a career. And the country world is definitely appreciating his change of plans because Gilbert co-wrote songs Dirt Road Anthem (nominated for Grammy in 2012 for Best Country Solo Performance) and My Kinda Party for Jason Aldean’s 2010 album My Kinda Party. He is also appreciated as a singer and most recently he won the 2013 ACM Award as a Top New Male Artist. Get your girlfriend together for a night of wild country fun and be the first ones to hear Gilbert’s new songs from his upcoming album Just as I Am, to be released on May 19. Brantley Gilbert will perform as a part of his Let It Ride Tour on Thursday, April 24, in the Stockton Arena (248 W Fremont St., Stockton) at 6:30 p.m. Price: $22.50 - $34.50. Learn more at

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Have you visited Moaning Cavern lately? If not, this weekend will be a perfect time to enjoy the 45-minute cave tour and see the largest vertical chamber in a public cavern in California (according to their official website, you can even fit the entire Statue of Liberty there!). Professionally guided tours will take you through well-lit marble passages and down 234 stairs all the way 165 feet below the ground. It will be the exact spot were scientific excavations revealed the bones of prehistoric people who had fallen into the cavern thousands of years ago. Ouch! Take your family on the walking tour this weekend (tours are conducted daily, year round) and dress appropriately. Caves are naturally muddy and humid, plus the surfaces you will be walking on may be damp, so wear shoes which provide good traction on wet surfaces. You don’t want to end up like your prehistoric ancestors, do you? Price: $7.95 children, $14.95 adults. Learn more at

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This is going to be the best ride ever! The San Joaquin Bike Coalition and Michael David Winery are hosting the new and improved third annual Best Ride Ever Ride on Sunday, April 27, at 7 a.m. in Lodi. With three route options (25, 50, or 80 mile) through the beautiful Lodi wine region and Sierra Foothills, everyone will find their place. Because the ride is set in Lodi, of course there will be wine involved – after you cross the finish line, you can head over to a free wine tasting from the award-winning Michael David Winery together with a delicious lunch, live music, and a raffle with a plethora of prizes. But there will be a cap of 200 to 250 riders, so come early for the registration that will be between 6:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. at Michael David Winery. You can ride any type of bike; the only requirement is that you wear a helmet. No helmet, no ride! Price: $35 Learn more at

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Stockton is famous for one and only agricultural product – asparagus. Come and celebrate this tasty vegetable at the 29th annual Stockton Asparagus Festival from Friday to Sunday, April 25 – 27, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. It will be a three-day event full of food and entertainment held downtown Stockton (221 N. Center St.). Sign up for the deep-fried asparagus eating competition on Saturday at noon, try unusual asparagus dishes like asparagus ice cream, aspara-beef burritos or aspara-beef sandwiches. Don’t miss performances by Meghan Linsey of Steel Magnolia (Friday, April 25), Soul Asylum and Berlin featuring Terri Nunn (Saturday, April 26). There will also be a sea lion encounter at the Weber Point, with training at noon and shows at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Kids can use their spare energy at the Asparazone with many rides with prices starting at $20 for 24 tickets. Price: $8 - $13, children 12 and under FREE. Learn more at

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Have more fun this weekend

• Enjoy an evening full of gospel music, poetry and dance at the 9th annual Gospel Fest in the Quail Lakes Baptist Church on Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m.($5 - $15)

• Run at the Run or Dye Stockton Color 5K held at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds (1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton) on Saturday, April 26, at 9 a.m. ($42 - $47)

• Chef Robert Irvine is bringing the excitement of Dinner: Impossible live on stage at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m. ($19 - $49)

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