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Drive-thru nativity Friday & Saturday

 Manteca’s observance of the season turns to more faith-based endeavors this weekend.

The 22nd annual Drive-thru Living Nativity is being staged Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, in the parking lot at Sequoia Heights Baptist Church, 1050 S. Union Road.

The free event takes place both nights from 6 to 9 p.m.

As cars start rolling in, traffic control personnel direct traffic so that it flows smoothly. At the "In booth", a volunteer will guide them in the right direction and provide a portable MP3 player. They will listen to the story of Jesus Life — the "reason for the season” — and view each scene from the comfort of their own car. Upon exiting, volunteers will collect the MP3 player and provide a small gift for those who drive thru. Approximately 1,000 cars drive thru each year. 

For more information call 823.2089.



SONdance Christmas

performances Dec. 8

The SONdance Christian dance will present “The Heart of Christmas” on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Ripon Christian Schools Performing Arts Center, 435 N. Maple Ave., Ripon. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

You can purchase tickets by going on line at or call 823-1740.



Manteca Recreation

Breakfast with Santa

The annual Manteca Parks & Recreation Breakfast with Santa is Saturday, Dec. 8, at 9 a.m. at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane.

The event includes breakfast, photos with Santa, and a small gift from Santa as well as craft activities.

The event is designed for children 10 and under

Tickets are $7 and must be purchased in advance at the senior center. The event typically sells out. It is limited to 125 children.



Holiday Affair

on Dec. 12

Tickets are available for the biggest holiday party in Manteca – the 39th annual Manteca Soroptimists Holiday Affair.

The $75 ticket gets the holder and a guest a chance for many big-ticket prizes and some delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. The event will be held at the Bank of Stockton, 660 N. Main St., Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door or from any Soroptimist member. You can also call Leslie Trueb at 209-470-3585 or Carol Nunes at 209-608-2003.

Proceeds will go to support the Soroptimist Community Service Fund. The Teen Crisis Center is the club’s signature project. The club has donated $340,000 over the past 29 years to help the Manteca Unified School District provide counseling services for teens at all schools in the district. School officials have credited the teen crisis counselors for substantially reducing the potential for young people to make decisions that could result in negative consequences to their academic performance, future career paths and their health.

There are many projects that benefit from this fund which include Raymus House, Haven of Peace, Boys and Girls Club of Manteca, Manteca Mural Society, Manteca Historical Society, Women’s Opportunity Award, Making a Difference for Women Award, Christmas Wishes, yearly scholarships of $8,000 to MUSD high school seniors, the Second Harvest Food Bank, Friends of the Library and many more community projects.


Choir, handbell concerts

Dec. 9 & Dec. 16

Celebrate the Christmas season by joining St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when they blend their musical talents to present the 3rd Annual Christmas Concert for the community. 

The choir directors are Anne Talcott from St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Lisa Traughber, director of the Handbell choir and Ruth Christensen, director of the Manteca Stake Choir, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The performances will include exceptional choir selections, special Handbell medleys, String ensembles, and a wonderful Congregational carol.

There will be two performances, Sunday, Dec. 9, 910 E. North St, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, beginning at 7 p.m.

The second performance will be Sunday, Dec. 16, 6060 E. Northland Rd., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, beginning at 7 p.m.

A donation of canned food items for St. Paul’s Food Pantry would be welcomed at both locations.