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Is there a dirty dancer among them?

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POSTED September 17, 2009 2:07 a.m.
So just who is more suave of a dancer – Manteca Councilman Steve DeBrum or Commons at Union Ranch (Premier Care)  Chief Executive Officer Don Peterson?

You can find out during the upcoming Manteca Pumpkin Fair in downtown Manteca Oct. 3-4 as the Sunrise Kiwanis roll out their version of Dancing With the Stars. It is part of a number of new offerings this year at the street fair festival that runs the first Saturday and Sunday of October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Altogether there are six couples competing before judges and the fair crowd.

DeBrum will be cutting the rug with partner Kayla Robert while Peterson is paired with ex-Raiderette Harmony Flores.

Also competing are the combo of  Manteca Firefighter/Engineer Sterrie McLeod and his partner Stephanie Rebeiro who has performed a unique tap dancing country blend of “Cotton Eyed Joe” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

Raiderette Jonni Rogers is teaming up with John Cardoza – a Boys & Girls Club staff member and former Manteca High basketball player- to dance as well.

The annual ode to pumpkins includes a street fair complete with free entertainment that is expected to draw up to 30,000 people to downtown Manteca. There will be a scarecrow contest for Manteca Unified students, a tractor show, and free kids pumpkin games such as a pumpkin seed spitting contest plus a pumpkin rolling competition.

A fun run and car show are also in the works as is another community mural painting.

Vendor booth space is still available.

You can go to the website www.sunrisekiwanis.org or call the hotline at 1-800-592-7419 for vendor booth information, scarecrow contest entry or car show applications.

Bollywood films heading for  big screen in Manteca
Get ready for Bollywood in Manteca.

Manteca Marketplace Cinema 10 – looking for new ways to draw patrons – will start running an Indian film on Sept. 25. A new film from Bollywood in India will roll each week through at least the end of October.

Manteca is a no candy throwing parade zone
Manteca Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive officer Debby Moorhead tells us Manteca is a “no candy throwing” zone for parades.
She called dafter a column ran about Berkeley banning candy throwing along parade routes out of the concern of children’s safety while Manteca allowed it.

Actually, as Moorhead points out, throwing items along the parade route- including candy – is not allowed. It is spelled out in entry rules. She said the chamber will work to enforce the rule during this year’s Christmas parade.

The Manteca Chamber was able to put “Christmas” back into the name of the twilight parade that previously had to be dubbed “holiday parade” thanks to contributions from the Manteca Ministerial Association to cover city costs.
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