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Family Fun Day Sunday at Commons

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POSTED July 3, 2014 1:08 a.m.

Don’t miss the Commons at Union Ranch Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2241 N. Union Road in Manteca. Doodles the Clown will be there to entertain you and your children, as well as a face painter. You can participate in games and enjoy refreshing lemonade and sweets, get an original balloon creation and look at magical balancing birds. For more info go to

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What are you doing this weekend?

San Joaquin County Fair may be the sound of the past, but San Joaquin County Family Fair is more than happy to fill the void. And it will have everything you expect from a fair – wide selection of rides, carnival games, delicious food, and a firework extravaganza on Friday. Every day of the fair also has a different music theme, from country performers Jack Ingram and the Madison Hudson Band to classic Hispanic music by Los Morros del Noerte with R&B and funk in between. Plus, you can help fight hunger in San Joaquin County when you bring your non-perishable food items on Friday, July 4. One item per guest will decrease the price of your general admission ticket to just $3. Win-win! San Joaquin County Family Fair is open now until Sunday, July 6, from 11:30 p.m. to midnight every day, at San Joaquin County Fairgrounds (1658 S Airport Way, Stockton). Price: $5 - $10 Learn more at

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What are you doing this Friday? It will be truly a #FridayFunday, at least here in Manteca. The City of Manteca has planned a marvelous Independence Day celebration. Start your day right at the Sunrise Kiwanis parade down Main Street at 10 a.m., and then enjoy your family barbecue and a day at the pool. Before the sun goes down, head to the Big League Dreams Sports Complex for a fireworks extravaganza, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from the adjacent Wastewater Treatment Plant right after sunset. You won’t be bored waiting for it though. There will be children’s activities to keep your little ones busy, a teen zone, vendor booths, a softball tournament, and live family entertainment. Is it Friday yet? Price: $2, children 12 and under free. Learn more at

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Fourth of July doesn’t necessarily mean “happy birthday, ‘Murica,” but for the past 37 years it’s also been the day when the annual Three Rivers Indian Lodge 4th of July Powwow starts. This year is no different; the 37th installment is scheduled for Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6. It will take place on the grounds of Three Rivers Indian Lodge on North Union Road between Lathrop Road and French Camp Road. Each day starts with a breath-taking Grand Entry ceremony, on Friday, July 4, at 6 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Expect plenty of Native American dancers and drummers, numerous vendors selling jewelry, arts and various artifacts, and of course, the famous Indian tacos. For those unfamiliar with this delicacy, it looks just like a regular taco with mouth-watering toppings stacked high on a traditional frybread. But don’t look for any beer to wash the tacos down, this powwow is strictly a drug- and alcohol-free celebration. Price: FREE Learn more at

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If the big Fourth of July celebrations are not impressing you and you would rather stay home than stand in the sweltering sun and watch the parade go by, we have the next best thing for you. River Guidess Adventures promises something for everyone who wants to relax and disconnect from their busy life to enjoy nature, creativity and summer fun. “As One We Flow” is a 3-night, 4-day camping retreat held on a “magical private riverfront estate” on the Stanislaus River from Thursday, July 3, to Sunday, July 6. Your camping trip for open-minded grown-ups will be filled with dance, yoga, meditation, organic meals, massages, and more. Rafting down the Stanislaus River is planned for Saturday. This camping trip will fulfill the definition of “glamping”, with flush toilets, hot showers and electricity on site you don’t have to worry about anything, not even cooking. Organic meals will be provided for with plenty of nourishing snacks to keep you energized for yoga or dancing. Sounds like your thing? Hurry up; there is only 150 spots available! Price: $575 Learn more at

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Have more fun this weekend

• Get a head start on the Independence Day celebration with the Stockton Ports baseball team, who will finish their game with fireworks on Thursday, July 3, at 7 p.m. ($12)

• Enjoy an oyster bar, ribs, desserts and a prime view at the fireworks during July 3rd Rooftop Celebration at French 25 (110 N El Dorado St., Stockton) on Friday, July 3, at 6 p.m. ($25)

• Participate in the Downtown Stockton 4th of July parade on Friday, July 4, at 11 a.m.

• Celebrate the Independence Day with a BBQ buffet, live music, and swimming at the 4th annual 4th of July BBQ at University Plaza Waterfront Hotel on Friday, July 4, at 5 p.m. ($15 - $30)

• Spice up your traditional 4th of July celebration with a little Latin flavor during the 2nd annual 4th of July Celebration with a Latin Taste at the Waterfront Warehouse (445 W. Weber Avenue, Stockton) on Friday, July 4, at 5 p.m. ($25)

• Be a part of the biggest annual party in the entire Delta during the 56th annual Barron Hilton Fireworks Extravaganza shot off a barge anchored off of Mandeville Tip on the north side of the Deepwater Channel at dusk on Friday, July 4. (FREE)


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