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Free day for kids Saturday; Legion Posts tri-tip dinner
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Let the children have fun at the free day for kids at the Boys & Girls Club in Manteca, 545 W Alameda Street on Saturday, Sep. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be live entertainment, free food, free games such as laser tag and archery tag, bounce houses, and music. For more info go to

The American Legion Tri-Tip Dinner benefiting the Wounded Warriors takes place Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Legion Hall, 220 W. Yosemite Ave., in downtown Manteca starting at 5 p.m. Tri-tip will be served with garlic red potatoes, whole kernel corn, broccoli salad, and desert. Yummy! For info about tickets go to

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Harvest is coming to Manteca! You can celebrate the hard work of farmers by attending the St. Anthony’s Harvest Festival this weekend, Sept. 20 and 21, and enjoy great food, entertainment and games. There will tacos, tamales, and lumpia, bingo and pull tabs for adults and many activities for children. But the main event that everyone is waiting for is the Major Raffle. While the Live Auction that takes place Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. will be full of homemade breads, artworks, fine china and household items. Those prizes, however, pale in comparison to the raffle. Bikes! Xboxes! iPads! Trips! And then the grand prize: a 60-inch LED Smart TV. You don’t need to be present to win, but it would be a shame to leave such a great event too early. See you there!

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Labor Day may be over, but the barbecue season in California is far from over. Case in point – Central Valley’s Country BBQ Fest. The San Joaquin County Fairgrounds (1658 South Airport Way, Stockton) will be transformed this weekend into a fun zone for the whole family. Mom, dad and junior can try their luck and win some cash during the “Run for Cash” Mud Bog (See, it’s even in the name!) You can also watch semi-trucks compete or browse numerous vendor booths. Thirty teams of professional barbecue chefs will compete in creating the most delicious grilled treats, while you cheer and of course sample their mastery. Friday night will belong to Battle of the Bands, while both Friday and Saturday nights conclude with fireworks starting at 9:55 p.m. Central Valley’s Country BBQ Fest will be from Friday, Sept. 19, starting at 2 p.m., until Sunday, Sept. 21, closing at 6 p.m. Price: children 10 and under FREE, adults $15 Learn more at

The Greatest Show on Earth is coming to Stockton! We are talking about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus bringing their unicorn, Pegasus and Woolly Mammoth to perform in Stockton Arena (248 W. Fremont Street) on Friday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 21, at 1 and 5 p.m. For almost a hundred years, talented performers have been traveling all over the world and amazing people with their skills, speed and quick wit. Add trained animals to the mix and you have a recipe for an unforgettable family night. But don’t let your excitement be spoiled by the treatment of animals in other circuses. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus employs a full-time employee ensuring compliance with the Animal Welfare Act.  Price: $17 - $90 Learn more at

You are as sweet as a potato! This unusual compliment will be passed many times during the Livingstone Sweet Potato Festival from Friday, Sept. 19 to Sunday, Sept. 21. Organizers are promising a huge carnival, a culinary display with lots of sweet potato dish cooking demonstrations, and of course vendor booths. Challenge your little ones to participate in the Dress your Tater contest and let them get a picture with the festival mascot, Sweet Potato Moe.  Since sweet potatoes are only distantly related to an actual potato, and California is producing about a quarter of all sweet potatoes grown in United States, it’s a serious crop requiring a serious celebration!  Price: FREE Learn more at{CF892827-E8A2-4A7D-AE4A-C5FB926EE204}&DE={1386EE08-A824-4CC7-843D-71F52FBFAF45}

Have more fun this weekend!

uSpend a fun-filled day at the track watching horseracing at San Joaquin County Fairgrounds (1658 South Airport Way, Stockton) during the next three weekends with the first race at 1:45 daily. (FREE)

uCelebrate the Latin Magic Band’s 25th anniversary with a concert, comedy show by Insane Wayne and Friends and food by Nena’s Mexican Restaurant on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 5 p.m. at the Waterfront Warehouse Amphitheatre ($15 - $20)

uEnjoy dinner, dancing and live music at the Stockton Elks Filipino-American Barrio Fiesta at the Stockton Elks Lodge (8900 Thornton Road, Suite 1) on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. ($25)

uTake your furry friend on a 2-mile hike at the Joseph D. Grant County Park for its dog-friendly Sunset Tricks & Explorations on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. (FREE)

uWin a one-month weekly delivery of farm produce if you outrun your competitors at the Puentes 5K Turnip Run at the University of the Pacific this Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8 a.m. ($30)

uCelebrate International Day of Peace in Stockton by meditation, a rhythm circle and a Peace Fest on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 11:30 to 3 p.m. at different locations across town. (FREE)

uCelebrate fall at the Hughson Harvest Festival this weekend Downtown Hughson (FREE)

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