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Two living nativity scenes tonight

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POSTED December 11, 2009 2:58 a.m.

The holiday spirit kicks into high gear this weekend in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop.
You have the opportunity to see two living nativity scenes.

In Manteca, the Sequoia Heights Baptist Church’s annual drive-thru living nativity is tonight and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church at 1050 S. Union Road on the corner of Union and Wawona.

The drive-thru nativity depicts the life of Jesus beginning at His birth and ending at His resurrection. All the characters are people pantomiming what the drive through listeners are hearing on a tape. There is no charge.

In Ripon, the live nativity scene at Calvary Reformed Church at the corner of Second and Vera avenues is also tonight and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Other holiday happenings include:

TODAY

•WILD GAME FEED: A unique Manteca tradition – the Costa’s Wild Feed - takes place today at Manteca Trailer & RV, 2060 E. Yosemite Ave., when 800 to 1,200 people will partake in the benefit meal.

Those getting a chance to feast on salmon, halibut, trout, rock cod, calamari, pheasant, duck, quail, dove, deer, elk, wild boar, and other assorted game as well as homemade dishes are asked to make donations.

One hundred percent of the donations will go to helping struggling families in the Manteca community with clothing, food, and furniture.

The meal will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. and run until about 7 p.m.

•VERITAS HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE: The Veritas School PTA is planning a holiday boutique today from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Veritas multipurpose room.

The boutique that features a variety of vendors is at the school located on Pagola Avenue between Woodward Avenue and Atherton Drive across from The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley is open to the public. There will be a cake walk to support the school’s gifted student program and raffle to help support the PTA.

•SONDANCE BALLET
: SONdance is once again preparing for its annual presentation of “A Christmas to Remember.”

The joyful celebration of timeless traditions, Christmas Carols and music of the season beautifully portrayed through the art of dance takes place at the Place of Refuge, 486 Button Ave., today at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 1 p.m.

This year SONdance will be partnering with Manna Ministries, to collect food for needy families throughout the Manteca area. Each guest is asked to bring dry or can food items to the performances which will then be picked up and distributed by Manna Ministries.

Tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at SONdance, 612 Commerce Court. Manteca, or visit their Website at WWW.SONdance.org and click on performances.

For additional information call 209-823-1740.

SATURDAY
•PANCAKE SLAM: The fourth annual Pancake Slam takes place at Brock Elliott School on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 7 to 11 a.m.

The price is $4for adults, $2 for children and those under 5 are free. Santa will be there so bring a camera.

Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk, juice, and hot chocolate. Spreckels Park Little League signups will also take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

•LATHROP PARADE: The City of Lathrop’s Festival of Lights Holiday Parade with the theme of “Lighting the Way with Hope” takes place on Saturday, Dec. 12.

The parade will start at 5 p.m. at J and Fifth streets, traveling south on Fifth to Mingo Lane.

SUNDAY
•COMMUNITY CHOIR CONCERT: The Manteca Community Choir is staging a Christmas concert at the Manteca Presbyterian Church on North and Main.  
The  “Christmas Fantasia” will be performed on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. and is free to the public.  Contact Anne Talcott at 823-0054 for more information.

WEDNESDAY
•HOLIDAY AFFAIR: The biggest holiday party in Manteca is being planned by Manteca Soroptimists for their upcoming 30th Annual Holiday Affair.

Not only does the $75 ticket for the holder and a guest get a chance for cash gifts and a mountain of prizes, but it allows them to enjoy a complimentary cocktail and hors d’ oeuvres reception at the Bank of Stockton, 660 N. Main Street on Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The Holiday Affair has been a sell-out virtually every year. All proceeds go to the Soroptimists’ Community Service Fund.

Tickets to the Holiday Affair are available at Tipton’s Stationery & Gifts, 169 W. Yosemite, 823-7644. You may also call Soroptimist members, Judy Vasquez, 823-6644, Julie Azevedo, 239-1195 or any other Soroptimist member.
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