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7,000 plus expected at tonights parade
SNOWTUBE3 11-22-09
A youngster goes down the snow hill last year at DellOsso Family Farms. - photo by HIME ROMERO/Bulletin file photo

Frosty the Snowman would be right at home at this evening’s 41st annual Downtown Manteca Twilight Christmas Parade.

The National Weather Service expects temperatures to be in the high 30s to low 40s during the duration of the parade that starts at 5 p.m.  It is not expected to rain this afternoon or evening.

The Manteca Chamber of Commerce event has an appropriate theme given the weather: “Frosty the Snowman.”

Some 120 entries will parade down Yosemite Avenue from Library Park to Manteca High. All entries have lights

Christmas on the

Farm opens today

The fifth annual Holidays on the Farm opens a 25-day run today at Dell’Osso Farm in Lathrop.

Weekend hours plus those for weekdays Dec. 23 through Jan. 3 with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Weekday hours from Dec. 9 to Dec. 20 are 5 to 11 p.m.

Attractions include snow tubing, ice skating, Santa’s Village, the drive-thru Lights on the Farm, Dell’Osso Express Train, pillow jumping, petting zoo, bucking pumpkin, pony rides, petting zoo, and zip lines. The zip lines are closed today and Sunday, though, for maintenance.

For more information for the attractions located on Mathney Road in Lathrop off Interstate 5 at the San Joaquin River go to

MRPS Holiday Boutique

today & Sunday

Manteca-Ripon Pentecost Society is hosting the  Holiday Boutique consisting of a variety holiday idea gifts at the MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St. in Manteca today  from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  Breakfast with

Santa today

All are invited to Manteca Presbyterian Church, North and Main streets, to share a pancake breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus today from 8 to 11 a.m. Pictures with Santa and holiday items will be available for purchase. Breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children while those 6 and under are free.

Community Choir

Christmas Cantata

 The Manteca Community Choir Christmas Cantata is Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Manteca Presbyterian Church, North and Main.


Holiday Affair

The Manteca Soroptimists’ 34th Annual Holiday Affair takes place at the Bank of Stockton, 660 N. Main St., Manteca, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The $75 ticket holder and guest enjoy a complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception along with a chance for many prizes.  Tickets are available at Tipton’s Stationery & Gifts, 169 W. Yosemite, 823-7644. You may also contact Connie Meintasis at 823-5828, Danette Jarred at 601-4446 or any other Soroptimist member.

Living nativity

Sequoia Heights Baptist Church is holding its annual Living Nativity Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1050 S. Union Road, Manteca.  Admission is free.

 Christmas musical

Calvary Community Church will present a musical concert, “The Gifts of Christmas” Dec. 13-15 Beginning with an indoor light parade, “The Gifts of Christmas” combines musical numbers with scripture readings to retell the story of the birth of Jesus. This family friendly program will be presented Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. Admission is free; however, childcare will not be available. For more information, contact Calvary Community Church at 209.239.1345, 815 W. Lathrop Rd, Manteca.

Breakfast With

Santa Dec. 14

The Manteca Senior Center, 275 Cherry Lane, will host the annual Breakfast with Santa youth event on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 9 a.m.  Tickets are on sale now at the Senior Center for just $6  per person. All tickets include a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and milk. Children’s tickets also include a photo with Santa, candy and a toy from Santa, and an art/craft project.  Only 125 children’s tickets will be sold, so don’t delay as the popular event always sells out. Recreation Supervisor Brandy Kendricks indicated there were still a few tickets left as of Friday afternoon. For more information, call the Senior Center at 456-8650.