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Manteca Soroptimist President Carol Nunes, front center, is surrounded by fellow service club members prepare for Wednesday’s Holiday Affair event in the Bank of Stockton lobby on North Main Street...

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/

POSTED December 9, 2017 12:42 a.m.

With 16 days left until Christmas, the South County is heading into a week of holiday events starting with a parade in Lathrop today at 11 a.m. and ending with another parade in Ripon on Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Lathrop Christmas parade will begin at the intersection of Fifth and J Street and travel down Fifth Street turning right onto Thomsen Road, right onto Cambridge Drive, and right onto J Street.
Also today is the final Stuff the Bus for Kids’ Sake toy drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at  the Manteca Walmart, 1205 S. and Main St.
Toy donations are being sought that will be presented to kids from struggling families at a dinner on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Manteca Senior Center. If you can’t make the drive, 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.
This evening is the last night for the Sequoia Heights Baptist Church’s free drive-thru living nativity at the church parking lot, Union Road at Wawona Street, from 6 to 9 p.m. You will be able to experience the story of Jesus’ life from the Cradle to the Cross from the comfort of your car. 

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.

Downtown Ripon
Christmas parade
The downtown Ripon Christmas light parade takes place Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. on Main Street from Wilma Avenue to Stockton Avenue.
Registration is open through Dec. 13. It is $20 for non-profit, $25 for commercial, and $15 for children. The theme is “Santa’s Workshop”.
The parade is presented by the Ripon Chamber of Commerce, Ripon Consolidated Fire Department, and the City of Ripon Police department.
For more information contact the Ripon Chamber at 209.599.7519.

Choir, handbell concerts
Dec, 14 & Dec. 17
Begin the Christmas Season by joining 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 choir selections, special Hand bell medleys, String ensembles, and a congregational carol.
There will be two performances. The first is 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.
The church will have a Candlelight Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. with carols, candles, and communion.

‘Jingle Jam’ Dec. 23
at Cornerstone
Cornerstone Community Church is staging a family Christmas show on Saturday, Dec. 23, dubbed “Jingle Jam: The Big Give”.
It involves skits about giving and will have games, prizes, and appearances from the Frozen cast ( Elsa, Anna, Kristoph, and Olaf). Admission is $5 to cover the cost for the characters and a do-iy-yourself  hot chocolate bag to take home. Show times are at 2 and 6 p.m.

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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