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300 attend first screening of Movies in the Park; Yogi Bear this Saturday
Nevaeh Hughes checks out the Downtown Chic Salon and Spa booth before the movie starts. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Some 300 people attended the summer’s first Movie in the Park on Saturday at Woodward Park.

While some people were concerned about a large congregation of teens and a brief scuffle that occurred, organizer Fred White said the evening went off without much of a hitch.

“There’s not much for teens to do on a Saturday night in Manteca,” White said.

The incident was the result of a misunderstanding between several teens. Even so, the two Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police (SHARP) volunteers contacted police dispatch which in turn sent officers just in case.

Police Chief Dave Bricker indicates that as long as there is a public event going on in the park the officers couldn’t simply clear the teens out. And after spending some time, they determined it was a typical teen dispute and not much else. Reports indicate that one teen shoved another which was the extent of the physical part of the scuffle.

SHARP volunteers will be at the remaining three Movies in the Park nights.

White is hoping for improved turnout this Saturday when “Yogi Bear” is screened shortly after dusk around 9 p.m. The entertainment this week for the free event is country singer Cindy Whitt. She starts performing at 7 p.m.

The last two movies of the four-week series staged by DeCristo Productions will take place at Northgate Park. “White Lion” is the movie for July 23 while “The Karate Kid” is on tap for July 30. “We Are Family” will perform on July 23 while Jim Anderson will do his Elvis Presley show on July 30.

Families are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs and even picnic dinners as well as their own soft drinks.

Movie-style refreshments such as popcorn will be available to help offset costs of staging the weekly event.