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Manteca events: From Tactical Tacos to CERT Cruisin’ Car Show

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POSTED August 7, 2014 1:56 a.m.

Tacos for a good cause! The Tactical Tacos fundraiser is being held on Friday, Aug. 8, to benefit the Manteca and Ripon Tactical Officers Association at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, from 6 until 11 p.m. For $30 you’ll get tacos, two drink tickets and a chance to win door prizes. Plus you can win a firearm or tactical gear in a raffle! 

Manteca Community Emergency Response Team will be holding its 20th annual “Crusin’ Car Show” on Sunday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Library Park. Enter your vehicle for $20 by Aug. 8, and for $25 on the day of the show. All cars entered in the show can participate in a legal cruise through town. 

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What are you doing this weekend?

School may have started this week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit a farm and pretend the summer break is just a little longer. Pet a variety of farm animals every weekend in August at the new Critter Corral at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum in Micke Grove Regional Park. When you are done squishing adorable little bunnies and feeding the spunkiest goats, head over to one of eight exhibition buildings to see the special exhibit, “Singing the Golden State,” which is nearing its end; or wait for another special exhibit called “The Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake,” opening at the museum on Aug. 24. The museum has another surprise for its visitors – a brand new, hands-on Children’s Gallery is coming soon to meet the demand of all the little hands that want to touch and grab. Isn’t that cool? The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday and admission is free for children 5 and under. Price: $2 - $5 Learn more at

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It’s chili time! On Saturday, Aug. 9, Second Harvest Food Bank will kick off its 6th annual Les Reile Chili Pot Cook-Off. Local amateurs and professional chefs will cook spicy chili in the name of fighting hunger. The event is held at the Manteca Transit Center, 220 Moffat Blvd., so the contestants will have its brand new kitchen at their disposal. Taste their creations with your all-you-can-eat-chili pass and then vote for your favorite. Second Harvest Food Bank awards prizes for first, second, and third place, as well as Hottest Table and People’s Choice. The family friendly event will also feature raffles and silent and live auctions. We can’t guarantee you will like everything that you’ll taste – some of the chili may be a tad too spicy for your taste buds – but we can guarantee you’ll have fun and make some new friends. PS: Making sure that everyone has safe rides to/from the event, Second Harvest Food Bank partnered with the ridesharing app Lyft and you can use code SHCHILI14 for $25 towards your first ride. Price: $10 Learn more at

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Riding your bike after dark may be dangerous, but not if you participate in Lunar Lunacy Ride, an organized moonlit ride through downtown Sacramento. On Saturday, Aug. 9, pack your bike and head over to the state’s capitol. Check-in is at 8 p.m. and the ride begins at 9:45. Everyone will meet at the steps of the State Capitol (10th Street and Capitol Avenue) and will have the option of riding either a 5-mile or a 17-mile loop. Would you dare to complete the longer course? There will be food trucks and music waiting for you at the end! But beware, this is a fun ride and not a race, so leave your competitive spirit at home and decorate your bike instead. There will be prizes for the best decorated bike, best lighted bike, and best team outfit. Be original, be creative, and most of all, have fun! Make sure you embellish your helmet too, since helmets and lights are required – you want to come home in one piece, right? Price: $30 children, $50 adults Learn more at

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So Lorenzo Lamas is coming to Stockton … as a guest at the 2014 StocktonCon this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9–10 at the Stockton Arena. Comics, card games, video games, cards, anime, manga, science fiction and toys will make frequent appearances during the two-day event. So will special guests, such as wrestling legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts, actor and producer Danny Glover, cosplay fanatic Jean Gomez, Star Trek star Denise Crosby and comic artist Ron Lim. The gates will open at 10 a.m. on both days and will be filled with activities and games such as Magic, Vanguard or Yu Gi Oh! Dress up as your favorite character and keep it PG since StocktonCon is a family event. No real guns or inappropriate outfits will be allowed. But don’t feel bad about gaming and cosplay all weekend long, StocktonCon is raising awareness and funds in conjunction with the United Way and St. Mary’s Dining Room. So you get to have fun while supporting a good thing! Price: $12 Learn more at

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California’s Central Valley may be a land of a billion fruits and vegetables, but Sacramento is celebrating one fruit that you actually may not find growing here. The 5th annual Sacramento Banana Festival is held on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at William Land Park (3800 Land Park Drive). Start the day at the pancake breakfast hosted by Laguna Creek Lions at 9 a.m. both days, and participate in the Little Mr. & Miss Banana contest or Miss Banana Queen Pageant. Would your baby win the title of Baby Banana, Tiny Banana, and Little Banana? Taste many different dishes with bananas as their main ingredient; watch the banana split-eating contest, fashion show; or try line and salsa dancing. It’s going to be so much fun that you will go bananas! Finally, hold your breath during the Chef Challenge, where talented chefs will have only two hours to create a fabulous edible piece that will be at least two feet high, with a circus theme, and of course it must consist mainly of bananas. Price: $5, children ages 0-5 FREE Learn more at

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Have more fun this weekend!

• IncrediBear at John’s Incredible Pizza Company in Modesto is celebrating his birthday in August with a Frozen Slumber Birthday party on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ($15) 

• Gather your picnic blankets and lawn chairs because Movies at the Point (Weber Point, 221 N Center St, Stockton) presents Despicable Me 2 on Friday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m. (FREE)

• Get to know fellow bicyclists and bike routes throughout Stockton during the 2nd Saturday Family Bike Ride on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. Starting point is at Brookside Elementary, 2962 Brookside Road. (FREE)

• Sample wines and food during the 13th Annual Taste of the Delta on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 1 p.m. at the Tower Park Resort, 14900 W Hwy 12 # H, Lodi. 

• Fat City Comedy Show (344 N California St., Stockton) hosted by Dan Mires featuring Saul Trujillo will make you laugh on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m. ($25)

• KC & The Sunshine Band will perform at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 8 p.m. ($39 - $89)

• A dozen or more percussionists assemble in Downtown Stockton (Dean De Carli Waterfront Square, Center & El Dorado Street, Stockton) to play Brazilian, African, Puerto Rican and American sounds on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 5 p.m. (FREE)

• “Tales From Wrestling Past,” a one-man show by Mick Foley, a three-time WWE champion, will take place on Sunday, Aug. 10, at Bob Hope Theatre (242 E. Main Street, Stockton) at 7:30 p.m. ($22.50)


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