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Sip & spell to help SHS Class of 2018
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How good of a speller are you and your friends?

Do you think you can top the competition?

You can find out and at the same time benefit the Sierra High sophomore class during the Adult Spelling Bee taking place Thursday, Oct. 8, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Delicato Family Vineyards.

Dubbed “Sip & Spell”, you have to be 18 or older to compete and 21 years of age to consume wine.

Teams may consist of one to three adults. The entry is $25 per speller. It includes wine, appetizers, and T-shirt. Spellers must register by Sept. 30.

The top three teams are invited to attend the Great Valley Bookfest on Saturday, Oct. 10, for a Spell-Off Showdown.

The Sip and Spell has a $20 entry fee for guests who want to observe, heckle or cheer. Tickets sales are in advance only. You can register or purchase tickets at or get more information by emailing

Blue Mass set for

Friday at 9 a.m.

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, North Street and Fremont Avenue, is conducting its annual Blue Mass on Friday, Sept. 11, at 9 a.m. at the church.

All local and neighboring law enforcement officers, firefighters, and military are invited.

A reception will follow in the cafeteria.

Troop Support Pack

Out Friday at Cowell

This Friday, Sept. 11, you can help the students of Joshua Cowell School say thanks to our troops serving in harm’s way by donating to their collection effort for the Cpl. Charles O. Palmer II Memorial Troop Support Program.

They will start accepting items at 9 a.m. at the 740 Pestana Ave. campus.

A 1989 graduate of Manteca High, Col. Palmer II was one of two Marines killed on May 5, 2007 when a roadside bomb exploded near their Humvee in the Iraq province of Al Anbar. It was his second tour of duty.

His father and step mother, Chuck and Teri Palmer, attended a Patriot’s Day celebration last year at the school. They’ve been invited back this Friday.

Donations being sought include:

Correspondence items – Paper, pens, pocket-sized tablets, etc., small battery-operated fans, hand warmers and batteries.

Games, toys – Travel size cards, squirt guns, dice, water balloons, CDs and DVDs.

Feminine hygiene products – Tampons, pads, etc.

High protein snacks – Jerky, energy bars, etc. or candy / gum.

Seasoning / condiments – Sugar, salt, pepper, powdered creamers, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise packets.

uPersonal grooming items – nail clippers, lip balm, unscented wipes, combs, brushes, and disposal razors.

Hand towels, wash clothes, socks (black or white).

Money donations are also being accepted.

For more information, log on to or call the Palmers at 209.239.3088.