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Stuff the Bus for Kids Saturday

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POSTED December 6, 2017 8:35 p.m.

Bulletin staff reports
Holiday activities in Manteca start up again on Saturday.
The Manteca Parks & Recreation Department is again staging Stuff the Bus for Kids’ Sake effort to make sure kids in struggling families have a Christmas.
If you would like to adopt a child or a family, email 
The toy, coat, and food drive is set the Manteca Walmart, 1205 S. and Main St. on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Manteca Educators Association along with the Silver Barons Motorcycle Club of Central California is helping with Stuff the Bus. If you can’t make one of the drives, there are donation barrels at the Manteca Senior Center, the Manteca Unified School District office, Manteca Trailer & Motorhome, and Eagle’s Nest Harley Davidson in Lathrop.

Relay for Life
Breakfast with Santa
The Manteca-Ripon-Lathrop Relay for Life is conducting Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Manteca Applebee’s, 1272 E. Yosemite Ave.
The cost is $5 per person.  Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For tickets, please contact Donna at (408) 623-3384.

Manteca Recreation
Breakfast with Santa
The annual Manteca Parks & Recreation Breakfast with Santa is Saturday, Dec. 9, at 9 a.m. at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane.
The event includes breakfast, photos with Santa, and a small gift from Santa as well as craft activities.
The event is designed for children 10 and under
Tickets are $7 and must be purchased in advance at the senior center. The event typically sells out.

Chanukah lighting
on Tuesday, Dec. 12
Congregation Beth Shalom invites the community to celebrate “Light” during the darkest day of the year on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 5 p.m., in downtown Manteca at Library Park.
It is followed by a Chanukah Party at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane.
The events are free and are designed for all ages. They will take place rain or shine.
For more information call 209.571.6060 or go to

Holiday Affair
on Dec. 13
Tickets are still available for the biggest holiday party in Manteca – the 38th annual Manteca Soroptimists Holiday Affair.
The $75 ticket gets the holder and a guest a chance for many big-ticket prizes and some delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. The event will be held at the Bank of Stockton, 660 N. Main St., Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Tickets will be available at the door or from any Soroptimist member. You can also call Arlene Sevor at 209-484-6544.

Choir, handbell concerts
Dec, 14 & Dec. 17
Join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church when they blend their musical talents to present the 2nd Annual Christmas Concert for the community. 
The performances will include exceptional choir selections, special Hand bell medleys, string ensembles, and a congregational carol.
There will be two performances, Thursday, Dec. 14, 910 E. North St., at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, beginning at 7 p.m. 
The second performance will be Sunday, Dec. 17, 6060 E. Northland Road, at the LDS Stake Center, beginning at 7 p.m.
A donation of canned food items for St. Paul’s Food Pantry would be welcomed at both locations.  

Polar Express movie
night at Refuge Church
Refuge Church is hosting a Polar Express movie night at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, in the church auditorium. The community is invited to an evening of complimentary hot cocoa, holiday sweets, and a classic Christmas movie: The Polar Express. You’re welcome to wear pajamas and bring a pillow and blanket for the floor. Santa will be there.
All are welcome to attend our 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday services with Pastor Dave Bliss at Refuge Church located at 486 Button Ave.  They will have a Candlelight Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. with carols, candles, and communion.

Manteca Rec Senior
Angel Tree project
Manteca Rec and the Manteca Senior Center launched the Angel Tree Project several years ago. Shut-ins and those at convalescent hospitals that have little or no visitors are identified and asked to submit a request for a small gift.
A Christmas tree is placed in the Manteca Senior Center lobby at 295 Cherry Lane through Dec. 13. Participants are asked to select a name tag from the tree and purchase an item on that senior’s wish list. Gift cards are also welcomed. If you have questions call 209.456.8650.

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