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A rock-ing good time at Woodward Park

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POSTED January 16, 2018 1:18 a.m.

A group of “Rockers” took over Woodward Park early Sunday afternoon for a scavenger style hunt for hidden, artistically painted rocks of every description left in the grass and behind bushes.
The “Manteca Rocks Group” movement was founded last summer by Rosalinda Valencia on a Facebook page where members who find painted rocks around the community can post their rocks. They share their joy in finding something as simple as a rock that can change their day for the better.
“The rock movement is not only to bring our neighbors together in our town but also to overlap with other cities with just one goal and that is to spread kindness and joy together,” noted Tiny Gehrke, spokeswoman for the group.
The Manteca Rocks Group grew at a rapid pace when Rosalinda asked Tiny to help her by maintaining the Facebook page and help administer the rock movement.
“The Painted Rock movement is really an awesome way to express yourself in a positive way,” Gehrke said. “It brings families outside their homes, it brings families together and it is and it is an excellent way to expand your horizon. Group and family activities are important in our lives and what better way than to paint rocks and bring joy while doing it.”
Manteca Rocks now has 1,138 members. 
In late December John and Ivy Esteves joined the group and began painting rocks that were placed around town for children to find on their hunts.  They organized their first hunt and drew some over 100 people.  From that the next hunt was set for Jan. 14 with 300 rocks hidden around Woodward Park.
Next month another rock hunt is scheduled again at Woodward Park on Feb. 11 that’s dubbed the “Rockin’ Valentines Bash.”

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