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60,000 pounds of snow coming to Library Park
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It’s going to be a white Christmas at Library Park.
Some 60,000 pounds of artificial snow is being delivered by truck to create a snow hill at the downtown park on Saturday, Dec. 2. It is part of the two-day Christmas in the Park being staged Dec. 1-2 by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce and Manteca Parks & Recreation Department
 Youngsters up to 15 years of age will be able to slide down a man-made snow hill while those under 5 can play in a separate snow area.  The snow slide is using 95 bales of hay for steps for children  to reach the top. The snow slide will be located on Poplar Avenue to the west side of the Library.  They will be given circular disks, about two feet in diameter, to use to slide down the snowy ramp.
Nearly 40 volunteers are working with the chamber to guarantee the safety of the children. There is a limit of only 10 at a time in the small youngsters play area.  The chamber is charging $5 per child to slide in an effort to help defray the cost of setting up the snow day.  The play area for the smaller children will be free of charge, according to Joann Beattie who serves as the chamber’s executive director.
Ed Fonseca’ Fun and Games will have bounce houses.
The two-day Christmas in the Park is Friday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Both days will feature craft and food vendors, carolers and live music, a Christmas décor competition, children’s activities, and “reindeer” rides.
On Friday, Dec. 1, there will be an outdoor showing of the classic “A Christmas Story” at 7 p.m. Beattie is suggesting families bring their lawn chairs and blankets to the movie.
Vendor booths are $75 for non-profit, $100 for homemade crafts, and $125 for commercial.  Food booths are $50.
Fees for the decorating contest are $20 for commercial tree or scene, $15 for non-profit tree or scene, and $10 for a family tree.
Application forms for the booths and decoration contest can be found at

Santa Run
A 5 kilometer Santa Run on Saturday, Dec. 2, has been added to the downtown Christmas holiday festivities as a fundraiser for the City of Manteca’s centennial celebration next year.
Those registering by Monday, Nov. 20, will receive a collectible Santa T-shirt featuring Manteca’s centennial logo. The entry fee is $20. Advance registration takes place at the Parks & Rec office, 252 Magnolia Ave.
Participants are encouraged to wear Christmas attire.
Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. at Library Park. The run begins at 7 a.m.
For questions, call 456.8600 or 823.6121.

 Christmas in the Park
Holiday parade Dec. 2
The 45th annual Manteca Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade takes place Saturday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m.
It starts at Library Park and heads east down Yosemite Avenue to Garfield Avenue on the east side of Manteca High.
This year’s theme is “Christmas Movie.”
The deadline for entries is Monday, Nov. 20. The entry fee is $50. Trophies go to first place winners while second and third places will receive ribbons.
Parade entry forms can be found at
For additional information  contact the chamber at 823-6121.

To contact Glenn Kahl, email