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VFW pitching tent for next meeting
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The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311 is pitching a tent Thursday on Moffat Boulevard.

It’s going up in the park/storm retention basin immediately east of the new Manteca Veterans Center that is under construction. Commander Carlon Perry said the post membership will meet in the tent and then tour the building that is expected to be completed in time for a July 4 dedication.

Extensive use of the park by the VFW for outdoor gatherings is one of the reasons the 3,600-square-foot building has doors leading out to the area.

Given the proximity of the park, the Manteca City Council may want to encourage the VFW to suggest a formal name for it. There are endless possible names including honoring Manteca’s own Medal of Honor recipient Sammy Davis among others.

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Market & Music in Manteca is today

It is expected to be at least 14 degrees cooler today making a trip to the Market & Music in Manteca a bit pleasant under the shade of the stately sycamores of Library Park that typically benefit from a cooling Delta breeze as evening approaching.

The Manteca Chamber of Commerce sponsored farmers market runs today from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Besides produce, food, other vendors and a beer and wine garden there will be Hula Hoops for kids to play with plus the old-time rock-n-roll band Anthem will perform.

The event is free.

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Castle family history talk set for Thursday

Wayne Castle will share the history of the Castle family and early days in San Joaquin County during the Thursday, June 11, Manteca  Historical Society meeting, at 7 p.m. at the museum, 600 W. Yosemite Ave.

George and Harriet Castle came to California with their large family from Wisconsin in 1852. The wagon train arrived in Placerville where George’s two brothers remained while George and his wife traveled onto San Joaquin County.

The family settled along French Camp Road to build their first small shelter. Eventually larger living quarters were built and a large farm and ranch operation was established.

Castle became sheriff in 1869.

The public is welcome to the free program. Refreshments will be served.

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Manteca Patriots discuss water rights Thursday

The Manteca Patriots will be holding their monthly meeting on Thursday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Angelano’s Restaurant, 1020 N. Main St., Manteca.

This month the group will feature a panel discussion on water rights and issues in the Central Valley. There will be two participants on the panel: John McDonald of Silego Technology, an expert on the technology of hydraulic fracturing, and David Marks, an engineer and former Visiting Professor at CSU Stanislaus. In addition to the discussion of water issues, the panel will also focus on new energy technologies and the role of climate science. Questions will also be taken from the audience following the discussion.  

The meeting will be held in the banquet facilities at Angelano’s Restaurant.

Those who attend the meeting are free to order dinner from the restaurant menu, but will be responsible for their own payment. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information on the Manteca Patriots, visit the website at or the group’s Facebook page.