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POSTED June 19, 2014 12:12 a.m.

A drive-thru dinner fund-raiser at Fagundes Meats for the family of Manteca High School student and accident victim Jonathan Loon is Thursday, June 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. For $15, you can purchase a dinner consisting of tri-tip, ¼ chicken, scalloped potatoes, Italian green beans, a roll and butter. 

Check out the new River Islands neighborhood in Lathrop during Van Daele Homes grand opening on Saturday, June 21, at noon. Festivities including family entertainment and lunch by the Me So Hungry food truck, plus a face painter will also be on hand for family fun. 


What are you doing this weekend?

It started in 1860, and it was over in 2013. The San Joaquin County Fair was called off last December, citing low attendance. But 4-H and FFA students don’t have to worry about place to showcase their animals, since several community groups are making it possible for them to have a venue for showing and auctioning off their animals – which makes for nice entertainment for the rest of us. Five day AgFest, a junior livestock and vocational show, is taking place this week, from Tuesday, June 17, to Saturday, June 21, at the county fairgrounds. All exhibitors will compete on Thursday with a gourmet Farm to Fork dinner with restaurants using the freshest of local ingredients held at 6 p.m. and livestock costume contest at 6:30 p.m. Friday will busy with PeeWee Dairy Showmanship at 9:30 a.m., exhibition of 4-H horse champions at 1 p.m. and finally Master Showmanship at 6 p.m. All prizes will be awarded at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, June 21, you can purchase any of the competing animals during an auction. 

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When was your last real date? Not just a quick trip to the movie theater with a quick bite afterwards, but a real, grown-up, romantic, date? Make some time for yourself and your significant other this Sunday, June 22, and plan to spend your evening at Date, Wine & Dine at the charming Carvalho Family Winery at Old Sugar Mill (35265 Willow Avenue, Clarksburg). There will be wine tasting of Carvalho Wines and New Glory beer, so you can leisurely stroll between various vendors while holding hands and discussing your tasty samples. You can participate at bean bag toss, visit the art show, dance to some music, try your luck during numerous giveaways from radio station NOW 100.5, or have a numerologist read your numbers. And don’t worry, in case you are single (and ready to mingle), this event is also open to everyone looking for their summer love. Do you have your ticket yet? Price: $40 ($15 for designated drivers)

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If you were recently thinking about starting out a new hobby, Saturday may be your day. Pack up your courage and join the Central Valley Herpetological Society for their next monthly meeting in the McFall Room at the Manteca Public Library on Saturday, June 21, at 7 p.m. There will be a lot of interesting things to see and hear, because members are encouraged to bring their healthy reptiles to share, so other members can view them (and maybe even pet them). Plus a special guest, NFL superstar and reptile breeder Chad Brown will be present to give a presentation called “The care and caging philosophy for the green tree monitor and porphyraceus ratsnakes.” Sounds interesting? Brown is a current owner of Pro-Exotics and so he knows hisssss thingsssss. Don’t misssss thissssss, ssssssse ya there!

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Country lovers, what are you doing this Saturday? If you are well-informed, you probably have your tickets to KAT Country Listener Appreciation Concert ready. If not, we have great news for you! KAT is organizing a Country Listener Appreciation Concert this Saturday, June 21, from noon to 7 p.m. at Weber Point (221 N. Center Street) in Stockton. There will be Keith Anderson, Steve Holy, Love & Theft, and more! Super cute Natalie Stovall & the Drive will make an appearance and so will Maggie Rose, Kelly Clarkson lookalike with about as much talent and potential. Dress in your best country clothes, big hats and cowboy boots are definitely required! PS: The concert is free, you only need to pick up your tickets before the show. Yeehaw!

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Have more fun this weekend!

• Visit Placer County Fair for the biggest carnival in Roseville from Thursday, June 19, to Sunday, June 22, every day until 10 p.m. ($3 - $5)

• Enjoy Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at Concannon Vineyard in Livermore on Friday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. ($25 - $44)

• Jump aboard the Sacramento Beer Train and taste beer from four different local breweries on Saturday, June 21, at 6 p.m. ($45 - $65)

• Take part in International SUN-day at Discovery Museum Science & Space Center (3615 Auburn Boulevard, Sacramento) on Saturday and Sunday, June 21 – 22, at 12:30 p.m. both days (FREE with admission)

• Solve a mystery during Gunsmoke – Discipline Comes to Dodge, an interactive murder mystery dinner at Naggiar Vineyards (18125 Rosemary Lane, Grass Valley) on Sunday, June 22, at 5:30 p.m. 


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