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Christian dance show & rodeo this weekend

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POSTED June 5, 2014 1:43 a.m.

SONdance presents this year’s production entitled “Abundance” at the Ripon Christian High Performing Arts Center located at 435 N. Maple Ave., in Ripon, on Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 in advance or $12 at the door. 

Baby Zoey just had her first open heart surgery at 4 months old. You can help with her medical expenses by purchasing a floating charm locket during Baby Zoey’s Heart Locket Fundraiser. For more info contact Rose Parma at 408.648.8968. 


What are you doing this weekend?

Enjoy all-day family entertainment at the Give Every Child a Chance’s “Rodeo on the River” on Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8, from noon to 5 p.m. both days at Dell’Osso Family Farm in Lathrop. The event serves as a fundraiser for the volunteer mentor-tutor program, but they surely know how to put fun in fun-draiser, because it will feature a rodeo, family barbecue, petting zoo, numerous vendors and more. You will see the coronation of the Rodeo Queen on Saturday at 1:45 p.m., performances by Diablo Ladies Drill Team (both days after 2 p.m.) and a professional rodeo riders sanctioned through the CCPRA. Your little ones can try a pony ride, you should definitely splurge during souvenir shopping in the Country Store and the whole family can enjoy Dell’Osso Family Farm signature attractions such as zip lining.  Price: $20 for an adult ticket, $15 for children, ages 3-12, and $15 for seniors. Learn moreat

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Catfish, aka “a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes,” may be a new word added to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary this year, but Stockton has the real thing. The 30th annual Catfish Derby will take place on Saturday, June 7, at 6:15 a.m. at Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton. The derby is open to everyone and everyone has an equal chance to catch their share of over 2,500 pounds of catfish be planted in the 10-acre lake prior to the derby. Pack your fish equipment and fishing license (yes, you have to have a valid license if you are 16 years or older) and head over to Stockton to try your luck in fishing – prizes will be awarded in several categories! 

Price: $5 fishing permit fee, $6 vehicle-parking fee, and kids age 15 years and younger fish for free .

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Are you a fan of Lynyrd Skynyrd? The real thing is scheduled to appear in California later this year, so if you don’t want to wait several months to sing “Simple Man” or “Sweet Home Alabama” with them, we have the next best thing for you. Lyvyn Skynyrd, a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, will perform on Saturday, June 7, at 8 p.m. at Coach House’s in Hughson. The Southern California band promises powerful vocals, dual lead guitar riffs and the entire catalogue including the hits like “Tuesday’s Gone” or “The Needle and the Spoon.” Will you join them? 

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You will not have a problem eating your veggies at Sacramento VegFest 2014. It doesn’t matter if you are vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, or just planning to become one, everyone is welcome to join. This “veggie cornucopia of food, health information and lifestyle strategies,” as their website puts it, is held on Saturday, June 7, at Red Lion Woodlake Hotel & Conference Center from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Not only will you get to talk to experts and attend lectures – “How to lose fat and gain muscle on a vegan diet” is undoubtedly the most popular one – but you can also get your book signed by Mariel Hemingway (yes, of those Hemingways). She is an accomplished author and her last book was published just this past year. You will have access to the freshest local nutritionally rich fruits and vegetables, a cooking demo and recipes, veggie and vegan specialist food concessionaires, special discounts, free samples of plant-based products, raffle prizes, kids’ entertainment, music, and much more!

Price: $10 - $15 Learn more at

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Have more fun this weekend! 

• Enjoy a gourmet beer pairing featuring Mile Wine Company and High Water Brewing Company at Tapas & Beer: Gourmet Beer Pairing Dinner on Thursday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Mile Wine Company on the Stockton Miracle Mile ($60). 

• Donate blood and receive a free California State Fair admission ticket during the 2014 Día de Donar Sangre (Blood Donor Day) at Cal Expo on Friday, June 6, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (FREE)

• Stockton Astronomical Society volunteers will set up our telescopes for a monthly public viewing on Saturday, June 7, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Oak Grove Regional Park. You can see the Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. (FREE, $6 parking) 

• One of America’s best gun shows, Crossroads of the West Gun Show, is held on Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8, at Cal Expo in Sacramento. ($14)


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