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POSTED May 22, 2014 1:23 a.m.

Join the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 500 as they remember the Fallen Veterans from California who were either killed in action or are currently prisoners of war or missing in action the Vietnam War during the 15th annual Reading of the Names Ceremony at California State Capitol Park on Sunday, May 25, at noon. Before the ceremony, at 7 a.m., volunteers will start reading the approximately 5,823 names found on the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 15-minute intervals. detail/441834998/15th_Annual_Reading_of_the_Names_Ceremony

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What are you doing this weekend?

There is only one thing you should do this weekend – honor those who serve and have served at the Memorial Day weekend commemoration at Woodward Park on Sunday, May 25, from sunrise to sunset. The day will start with the 5th annual Wounded Warrior Christopher Braley 5k Walk/Run, registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The Welcome Home Heroes Traveling Tribute that bears the names of all of the fallen will be on display along with 7,000 crosses placed by the Manteca American Legion Post 249. Visit the Classic Car Show and let your children release their steam at the Kids Energy Zone. Then, at 1 p.m., listen to retired U.S. Navy Commander and American Airlines pilot Steve Scheibner who was originally scheduled to pilot Flight 11, the first plane to hit the World Trade Center on 9/11 and finish the day by watching fireworks show celebrating the safe return of all our veterans. Price: FREE. Learn more at

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Castle Air Museum in Atwater is one of the largest aircraft museums in the western United States, housing nearly 60 restored vintage military aircrafts ranging from pre-WWII to the present. On an average day, you can see them from outside while walking on a winding path through 20 acres, but on Sunday, May 25, you can see them up close and personal. During the museum’s annual Open Cockpit Day over 35 airplanes will be open for viewing. In addition to climbing on steep ladders into the vintage military aircrafts, your children can participate in activities ranging from visiting a model airplane building, jumping in a bounce house, or flying in a helicopter. Yes, there will be real helicopter rides available. You can also witness the dedication of the museum’s newest aircraft, the North American RA-5 vigilante reconnaissance bomber, one of only 11 in existence! The fun starts at 9 a.m., so leave the house early.

Price: Adults $12, youth (6-17) $5, five and under FREE. Learn more at

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Are you afraid of the dark? If the answer is no, and you don’t mind to risk a bat or two tangled in your hair, pack your flashlights in your backpacks and head over to Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore. You can spend a whole evening (or even a night) by the campfire at the Just Batty! campfire program held at the Del Valle Amphitheater on Saturday, May 24, at 8 p.m. Discover amazing acro-bats fluttering around you as you sleep under the stars. Then, if you are brave enough, hang around until Sunday afternoon when you get to encounter a snake, errr, meet Julius Squeezer, the Del Valle (nonpoisonous) gopher snake. Watch as he gets a tasty treat and learn all about his slithering ways at the Rocky Ridge Visitor Center at 3 p.m. Price: FREE Learn more at

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If you ever dreamed about meeting Ace Frehley from KISS, Saturday is your day. The Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock presents “VIP Premiere @ Carnegie Rocks,” one night fun(d)raiser event on Saturday, May 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 10. You will get an exclusive first view at the Carnegie Rocks! exhibit tour with collector, Matt Swanson, attended a Q & A session followed by private Night Ranger concert at the Carnegie in The Loft and receive a commemorative Pilsner glass. The whole night you will have unlimited access to three open hosted rock ‘n’ roll bars with fabulous food and mingle with the rock ’n’ roll legends Ace Frehley and George Lynch. There are several tiers of tickets, so if you want to make sure you get to squeeze your favorite rocker in a hug, you can always upgrade to a sponsorship level, take some friends, and guarantee yourself personal introductions and autographs with all Night Ranger members.  Price: $250 Learn more at


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