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POSTED May 18, 2011 1:46 a.m.

• Ports host Bark in the Ballpark: STOCKTON – Get out your leash and give your best puppy-dog eyes, you are going to want to walk your human down to Banner Island Ballpark on Sunday, May 22 for Bark in the Ballpark, sponsored by 892Nine and Sunny 102 FM.

Dogs get in to the ballpark for free when they arrive with a human in possession of a ticket for the Sunday, May 22, game. Ports Pooches receive the royal treatment all game long, beginning as soon as they walk through the gates on the first base side of the ballpark, starting with a special dog food giveaway for all the pups in attendance.

Dogs will take in the action along the right field line, in designated doggie sections 117-121; one of the best areas in the ballpark to catch a fly ball! Dogs will also have the opportunity to participate in several in-game promotions and activities, including a pregame doggie parade!

Bark in the Ballpark is not just a day for the dogs, however! Humans will have a tail-waggingly good time as well, watching the Ports take on their division fee, the San Jose Giants. They will also have an opportunity to meet with representatives from Diane’s Errand and Pet Services, Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital and Petco.

In addition to Bark in the Ballpark, the Ports are having their first On-field Photo Day of the 2011 season from 1:05-1:35 p.m. on May 22, and all dogs and owners in attendance can take a picture with their favorite Ports players!

Dogs must stay on a leash at all times, and all humans accompanying a dog must sign a waiver before entering the park. Gates open at 1:05 p.m., with first pitch scheduled for 2:09 p.m.

• The “World Famous” Lipizzaner Stallions
: STOCKTON – The “World Famous” Lipizzaner Stallions present their 41st anniversary presentation of the Dancing White Stallions.

Over the years, 25 million people throughout North and South America, Europe, Australia and Hawaii have seen this internationally acclaimed spectacle. The Lipizzaner Stallions have galloped boldly out of the pages of over 400 years of history. The Lipizzaner Stallions are truly a great experience to be enjoyed by the entire family .

The Stockton Arena performance is Friday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $31.50 and $24.50. Youth and Senior tickets available. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (209) 373-1700 or at the Stockton Arena Ticket Office.

• Stockton Chorale plans June concert: STOCKTON - The Stockton Chorale will be performing works that honor our veterans and celebrate the rich musical tapestry that is our American Heritage. The concert performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3, at the Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Ave.

Single concert tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are general admission and may be purchased by calling the Stockton Chorale office at (209) 951-6494, through any Chorale member, on their web site at, or at the door.

• Ripon VFW plans Memorial Day services May 30: RIPON — Ripon’s Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 1051 and American Legion Post 190 will be conducting their annual Memorial Day ceremonies at the Ripon Cemetery, on Monday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. Please join the VFW this year in honoring all the men and women who served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy. 

Ceremonies will include Ripon’s Veteran Color Guard and VFW Post 1051 Honor Guard  along with guest  speakers Assemblyman Bill Berryhill and U.S. Representative Jerry McNerny’s representative Gary Prost, with Iraq war veteran Colonel Robert Olson giving the Memorial Day address.  A light lunch will be provided for all attendees  after the ceremonies at Ripon’s VFW Post.

• Ripon Police doing click it or ticket
: RIPON — As families across California plan for upcoming spring travel, there’s not much you can do to control the cost of filling up the gas tank, but you can avoid a costly ticket by making sure that everyone in the car wears their seat belt.

Law enforcement throughout the state, including the Ripon Police Department, will be looking for unbelted drivers and passengers as part of the 2011 Click It or Ticket mobilization, May 23 – June 5.  The fines and fees for first time adult seat belt violations is a minimum of $142.  For children under 16, the fine is $445 for a first time offense.

Because nighttime passenger vehicle occupants are among those least likely to buckle up and most likely to die in crashes when unrestrained, nighttime enforcement has become a priority of the Click It or Ticket mobilization. Nationwide, of those who died in nighttime crashes in 2009, nearly two-thirds (62 percent) were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.

 “Many nighttime traffic deaths can be prevented if more motorists simply start wearing their seat belts.  Law enforcement throughout the area will be looking for seat belt violators, day and night,” said Ripon Police Chief Ed Ormonde.  “Citations will be issued without warning.  It’s not just about avoiding a costly ticket; it’s about keeping the ones you care about alive. Remember to buckle up on every trip, day and night.”

California’s current seat belt use rate of 96.2 percent is at an all- time high, but that still leaves nearly one million people who are not buckling up, putting their lives at risk every time they get into the car.  The Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the state’s adult seat belt usage rate from 92.5 percent in 2005 to 96.2 percent in 2010.

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