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Great Options help support Kindred Arts
Discussing Great Options are, from left, Carol Swenson, Judy Byer, Artemis Vourkis, and Carolyn Tatum. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO

The Manteca Kindred Arts has been bringing top-notch musicians of national and international caliber to Manteca for nearly three decades. Perhaps less known is the fact the non-profit organization has been offering other entertainment options every year for the public’s gastronomical pleasure, among other things.

The latter is called The Great Options Drawing, the only fund-raiser during the year that the group conducts to keep the program going.

For this year’s Great Options, the selection includes dining excursions to a couple of dining destinations in Manteca – Ernie’s Food and Spirits at 1351 N. Main Street in the former Valley Cinema complex, and Tony and Mrs. K’s Bakery & Café at the corner of East Yosemite and Cottage avenues co-owned by siblings Artemis and Hercules Vourakis. The latter is part of Option No. 8, Dining Excursion, along with Boudin Bakery and Café in Stockton, and dinner at Red Lobster or Olive Garden either in Modesto or Stockton. 

Drawing for the prizes will be held on Feb. 28. Mailed entries must be received by Saturday, Feb. 7. The drawing will be held during a reception following the 3 p.m. concert on Sat., Feb. 7, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Powers Avenue corner East North Street.

Options tickets will be available for purchase at the concert, or they may be requested by calling 209.239.1730. One need not be present to win. Tickets cost $5 each or 10 tickets for $45.

Here’s how Great Options is conducted. Read all the options offered, make your selection, and on the ticket/s write the number of your chosen selection. Write only one number on each ticket. You may mark all of your tickets for the same item you are interested in, or you can opt for a variety of selections. Tickets for each option will be drawn separately.

Mail Great Options tickets to Manteca Kindred Arts, 1545 Terracina Circle, Manteca, CA 95336.

For further details about the Great Options, call 239.1730. For more information about Kindred Arts, visit

Below are the 10 Options for Kindred Arts’ 2015-2016 29th concert season:


2015-2016, the 29th SEASON

One Family Season ticket for two adults and family members 18 and under. Value: $100.



Open the door to a sleek, contemporary environment and enjoy a unique dining experience, featuring exceptional cuisine prepared by outstanding chefs.

Gift certificate complimentary of Ernie’s Food And Spirits. 1351 N. Main Street, Manteca; 209 239-3351. Value: $100. 



What could be more exciting than winning a crisp $100 bill? There are at least 100 things you could do with cash. You could buy a Valentine or birthday gift, make a needed donation to a charity, go out on the town, buy your favorite someone a special gift, splurge on yourself, or just save it. We are sure you could find something to do with it. Compliments of Kindred Arts. 



Enjoy a show at one of the oldest continuously producing community theaters in California and the third oldest in the United States right here in Stockton. Two VIP passes can be yours to one of two remaining productions at the Stockton Civic Theater as well as a copy of the 60th Anniversary album. Shows are: “The 39 Steps” and “Legally Blonde: the Musical”. Performances are from April 29, 2015 to July 12, 2015. Plan your theater excursion, and enjoy a dinner for two with a gift certificate from Bud’s Seafood Grille in Lincoln Center. Thanks to SCT and Bud’s Seafood Grille. Value: $60 plus dinner; varies by selection.



Enjoy a special evening out with dinner and theater tickets. Two complimentary tickets to one of the sixteen remaining performances (2014-2015 season) at the beautiful entertainment venue Gallo Center for the Arts and a gift card for two dinners at Fuzio Bistro in Modesto. Advanced reservations required. 

Compliments of Gallo Center and Fuzio Bistro. Ticket value varies by show/seat location plus two gift cards.



Enjoy a full year’s supply of Peet’s Gourmet coffees. Receive a gift certificate for a pound of gourmet coffee each month for a year, donated by Peet’s Coffee and Tea located in Stockton at Stone Creek Village Shopping Center. Coffee will be available at the Stone Creek Village location. Value dependent on coffee selection: $155 plus



Whether you are an established wine connoisseur or a novice interested in the fine art of wine tasting, one 3.0 L  Bottle Brazin Old Vine Zinfandel will peak your interest. A 3.0 L is equivalent to four standard 750 ml of wine. Wine compliments of Delicato Family Vineyards. Value: $100.



What could be more fun than indulging in a day of eating out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? If you are less inclined to make this a “one day” excursion, just enjoy at your leisure. Enjoy breakfast for two at Tony and Mrs. K’s Bakery-Café in Manteca, lunch at Boudin Bakery and Cafe in Stockton and dinner at Red Lobster or Olive Garden in Modesto or Stockton.  Our thanks to Tony and Mrs. K’s Bakery and Café, Boudin Bakery and Café, and a Patron of the Arts. Value: $90.



Enjoy two tickets for one evening performance of Sierra Rep’s 2015-2016 Season at the East Sonora Theater or the Fallon House Theater in Columbia (excluding “Mary Poppins”). The new season includes Broadway musicals, a rock’ n’ roll revue, comedy, Shakespeare, a country tribute, and a special Christmas show.  Stop off for light meal for two at El Jardin’s Restaurant in Sonora. Thanks to Sierra Rep, El Jardin’s Restaurant and Kindred Arts. Value: $89.



Have you ever said, “I would like to see that movie again”? Well, you can. If you are a “movie buff”, this is for you. Receive six tickets and make plans to attend showings of classic movies at Modesto State Theater.  Enjoy a light meal in a casual setting at Papachino’s Greco–Roman Restaurant.