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Car show, BBQ Saturday at Commons benefits fire fund

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POSTED July 31, 2014 12:16 a.m.

The Commons at Union Ranch (2241 N. Union Road in Manteca) is holding a Classic Car Show & BBQ on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be live music, barbecue and classic cars. All proceeds to benefit the Manteca Fire Department Chief’s Foundation for the victims of fires and to provide smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to seniors. For more info go to

Cat in the hat knows a lot about that, but can a dog with a log snog a frog? Go and find out at the Seussical the Musical at the Cornerstone Community Theater (17900 Comconex Road, Manteca) that opens on Friday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. Additional performance are Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. For more info go to


What are you doing this weekend?

Good deeds, by any chance? There is someone that needs you. The Memorial Troops Support Program will host its Hot August Troop Pack on Sunday, Aug. 3, at The Place of Refuge in Manteca, and you can help in several different ways. First of all, gather all the items soldiers overseas may need, such as hygiene products and nonperishable foods. To keep the morale high, add magazines and games. Finally, to make someone happy, include a hand-written note or a drawing from your little ones – there is nothing young men and women stationed far away from their families will appreciate more. If you don’t have anything to donate or you already have plans for Sunday, you can help in a different way. Every assembled package needs to be shipped and you can help cover the shipping costs by simply writing a check. Price: FREE Learn more at

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Usually, racing through the streets of downtown Modesto will end up with a police chase, a hefty fine and maybe even a night in jail. But there is a certain group of people who get a pass – 300 superkarts racers competing at the 2014 Modesto Grand Prix on Saturday, Aug. 2. Superkarts! USA is the nation’s largest professional kart racing series and it’s coming to Modesto to compete in the downtown streets. The .88-mile track will be run in the clockwise direction between I and K streets, and 10th and 13th streets. The start and finish is on I Street and entrance to the track is on K Street, so come out early to get prime spots! Plus, since the streets of Modesto will be already closed, the city will treat this occasion as a festival with many other activities, vendors and concession stands. Festival gates open at noon and main races will take places both days, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3, from 7 p.m. Vroom-vroom! Price: $10 Learn more at

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Did somebody say cheese? What about 1,700 American artisan and specialty cheeses, all conveniently under one roof ready to be sampled, devoured and purchased? Sacramento will transform this weekend into every cheese lovers’ dream with their American Cheese Society’s Festival of Cheese and Cheese Sale held at the Sacramento Convention Center (1400 J Street, Sacramento). On Friday, Aug. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. you’ll get to view the awe-inspiring assortment of cheeses and of course, sample them as well. Pair them with crackers, pears, pomegranates or wine – every attendant will receive a commemorative wine glass and cocktail plate, unlimited food samples, and samples of beer, wine, and cider. Yummy! Write down your favorites, because you can purchase them during the Annual Cheese Sale on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you don’t have enough, several restaurants are participating in the Sacramento Cheesemaker Dine Around and featuring special cheese dishes. Price: $60 for the festival, admission to the cheese sale is free. Learn more at

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It’s time for some Willy Wonka! Doesn’t matter if you prefer the original version or the version with Johnny Depp, Willy Wonka’s story on stage at the Stockton Civic Theatre (2312 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton) will make you fall in love with the story all over again. Based on the book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, the stage adaptation will feature the quirky factory owner, four spoiled children, one smart boy and plenty of songs. The opening night is on Thursday, July 31, at 7 p.m. You can catch a performance on Friday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. as well, or on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3, at 1 and 5 p.m. Price: $11 - $13 Learn more at

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It was the year 1856. A quiet day quickly turned when shots were fired, but despite the best efforts of locals, the crime couldn’t be solved. It lay cold for 158 years, until Saturday, Aug. 2, rolled around and the Gaherty-Jarvis shooting of 1856 got another chance to be solved! Columbia State Historic Park presents History’s Mysteries where park staff and costumed volunteers will stage a live re-enactment of the infamous events and participants, aka you and your family, will help solve the real case. You will walk through the crime scene, ask witnesses important questions and finally bring the results to the inquest. Will you be able to catch the culprit? See for yourself at 10 a.m. at Columbia’s Main Street. Price: $5 Learn more at

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Have more fun this weekend! 

• View the Moon, Saturn or Mars on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m. during the free Astronomy in the Park event at the Oak Grove Regional Park (4520 W Eight Mile Road, Stockton). 

• Taste great Japanese food and admire delicate Japanese flower arrangements at the Stockton Obon Bazaar and Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2–3, at the Stockton Buddhist Temple (2820 Shimizu Drive, Stockton).

• Enjoy Jon Pardi performing at Ace of Spades (1417 R Street, Sacramento) on Friday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. ($18)

• Take a scenic boat tour at Lake Del Valle on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 1 p.m., and don’t forget to bring sunscreen! ($3-$5)

• The Sacramento Children’s Museum is celebrating its third birthday with a big party, join them this Saturday, Aug. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. ($12-$16)

• One of Mexico’s most popular pop singers, Marco Antonio Solis, will perform at the Stockton Arena on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 8 p.m., and you shouldn’t miss it! ($40-$125)

• Junior League is not a thing of the past, and Junior League of Sacramento will present more than 50 Sacramento region’s finest restaurants and wineries at the Sacramento Wine and Dine 2014 on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m. ($45-$95)

• Country superstar Chris Young will bring his music to the Bob Hope Theatre (242 E. Main Street, Stockton) on Friday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m. ($37-$47)


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