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POSTED April 27, 2011 1:18 a.m.

The following are upcoming events in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop.

• KIDS FISHING DERBY MAY 7: The Sunrise Kiwanis Kids Fishing Derby and safety fair takes place Saturday, May 7, from 7 to 11 a.m. in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy on North Main St. The event is free.

• BEST OF MANTECA DINNER & AWARDS: The 2011 Best of Manteca awards show, sit-down dinner, and celebration will take place on Friday, May 6, at a rural Manteca Victorian garden setting.

The $35 tickets are available at the Manteca Visitors Center, 1422 Grove Avenue, in The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information call 823-7229.  

• NOT FORGOTTEN MEMORIAL COMMEMORATION: A rare missing man aerial formation using four of the military’s largest airplanes will pass over Woodward Park during Memorial Day Weekend ceremonies.

The Air Force will be flying over Manteca with four of the workhouse four-engine turbo-prop cargo during the Sunday, May 29, annual Not Forgotten Memorial Commemoration.

Seeing a C-130 in a missing man formation isn’t that unusual but having the entire formation consist of C-130 planes is a fairly rare event.

The C-130’s wing span is 132 feet and 7 inches while the transport plane is 97 feet and 9 inches long and 38 feet and 3 inches high. It can carry a payload of 45,000 pounds or the equivalent of two M113 armed personnel carriers, 64 airborne troops, or 74 litter patients with two medical personnel.

Nearly 15,000 people turned out at last year’s event.

The day will also feature a free concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. featuring former Marine  and American Idol’s second season fourth runner-up Josh Gracin who has had a No. 1 country hit and a number of Top 10 songs.

The aerial fireworks following the show will be twice the size as last year.

The day will start with a 5K run at 8 a.m.  Worship services will take place at the park at 10 a.m.

There will be a car show with 500 entries, military vehicle display, pony rides, entertainment, a kids’ energy zone twice as large as last year, food, veteran services, and other events.

There will also be three helicopter landings.

The 6 p.m. ceremonies will feature the dedication of another panel of 600 lives lost that is part of the moving tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Global War on Terror.

: The second annual Memorial Day parade takes place on Monday, May 30, on Yosemite Avenue in downtown Manteca starting at 11 a.m.

The parade is sponsored by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce. For more information call 823-7229.

• FARMERS MARKET STARTS IN JUNE: Manteca’s farmers market is departing Library Park for the plaza of the theater at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley.

The move is being predicated by the city’s $894,000 expansion Library Park now underway that won’t be completed until September.

Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau-sponsored Tuesday market often draws upward of 1,000 people weekly. The weekly market starts in June and runs through the end of August.

The summer market will continue to have its weekly entertainment plus farmers selling locally grown produce and other vendors.

For more information on the market, contact the CVB at 823-7229.

• THREE RIVBERS INDIAN LODGE POWWOW: A 33-year tradition takes place Independence Day weekend, July 1-3 at the Three Rivers Indian Lodge in Manteca  on a three-acre piece of property on Union Road about a mile north of Lathrop Road.

The event attracts up to a thousand people every year, many of them coming from as far as Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The event will be free to the public with no admission fee asked at the gate. There are also Native American artists and crafters with booth plus the traditional dances.

• FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: The City of Manteca’s Independence Day celebration takes place Sunday, July 3, at Big League Dreams while the Sunrise Kiwanis Fourth of July Parade takes place at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 4, which is the same day as the traditional Manteca Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast.

The city celebration on July 3 at BLD will include vendors, food, entertainment, and games followed by aerial fireworks.

This family-style event is expected to draw between 8,000 and 12,000 people based on attendance in previous years. For more information call Brandy Kendrick-Clark at (209) 456-8623. For information on the parade call the chamber at 823-7229.

• NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: The community wide bock party aimed at getting neighbors to know each other better  in a bid to get an edge against crime takes place on Tuesday, Aug.2

• MANTECA SENIOR GAMES 2011: The Manteca Senior Games for those 50 and older is set to take place from Aug. 12-21. For more information call the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau at 823-7229.

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