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City Centennial Gala featuring Hammarstrom’s jazz band
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HammarstromSierra pic — Sierra High School band director Rick Hammarstrom, Jr. directs his band at a graduation. His jazz band, including three of his former students, will be featured in the Manteca Centennial Gala on Dec. 8. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO/Bulletin file photo

Rick Hammarstrom’s “On Track” Jazz Band is one of the feature attractions for the Saturday, Dec. 8 Manteca Centennial Gala Celebration in the MRPS Hall as he plays keyboard with three of his former Sierra High music students.

“It’s always fun for me playing with my students from yesterday,” Hammarstrom said, adding the 100-year anniversary of the city is a welcome event.

The foursome includes Phillip Dailey on the drum set, Xach Wagner on bass, Mark Twomey on the saxophone and Hammarstrom on the keyboard. 

Some 200 people are expected to make up the audience and hear the musical selections of Take A Train, Blue Bossa, Ceora, Four and a couple of originals to dance to a new beat.  

The event begins at 5:30 with a cocktail hour and dinner at 6:30. The program is set for 7:30 with entertainment following. The appetizers and desserts are being provided by Tony and Mrs. K’s restaurant. 

Fagundes Meats & Catering is preparing the dinner that will include New York Steak, Champagne Chicken, roasted red potatoes, Italian green beans, tossed green salad, rolls and butter along with a full no-host bar.

A professional video presentation, a surprise recapping of the Centennial year events, that will bring the audience into visualizing the history of the community from 1918 to the present day.  A disc jockey and dancing are slated on the agenda to fill out the evening.

Tickets may be purchased through or in person at the Manteca Parks and Recreation office at 252 Magnolia Avenue and at the Manteca Chamber of Commerce office at 183 West North Street.

Toni Lundgren of the City’s Parks and Recreation office has served as the facilitator of the event and told of the many events the city has held during the centennial year to mark its 100 years.

It was kicked off in April with the Crossroads Street Fair in downtown Manteca, followed by the Civil  War Veteran Headstone Dedication at the East Union Cemetery, Planting of 100 trees city-wide by Manteca Noon Rotary, Manteca’s Birthday party downtown with games, food and a car show, World War I Mural dedication, Free Movie in the Park at the Manteca Golf Course, Great Valley Bookfest,  Independence Day Parade put on by the Manteca Kiwanis, the “Sandlot” movie in the park at Northgate Park, Family City Fun Run, State of the City, The Goonies movie in the park, Pumpkin Fair downtown per the Manteca Kiwanis, Christmas Tree lighting at the Civic Center, Santa’s Centennial Run on the Tidewater bike path, and the Centennial Year Closing with a gala at the MRPS Hall. 

Lundgren said the city is very appreciative of the sponsors who really cared and wanted to be part of the city being reflective of the civic pride in the Family City.

Those sponsors include:

Assemblyman Heath Flora, Atherton Homes, CenterPoint Properties Trust, City of Manteca Public Works, Costco, Doctors Hospital of Manteca, D. R. Horton, Fagundes Meats & Catering, Inc.; Frontiers/FCB Homes, Golden Valley Credit Union, JKB Homes, Kiwanis Club of Manteca, Lafferty Communities, Manteca Development Group, LLC; Manteca Fire Chief’s Foundation, Manteca Firefighters Local 1874, Manteca Mid-Managers’ Association, Manteca Police Chief’s Foundation, Manteca Rotary, Manteca Senior Center, Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis, MRPS Hall, PG&E, Raley’s, Raymus Homes, Manteca Recreation & Parks Commission, Second Harvest Food Bank, Seniors Assisting Fire Efforts, South San Joaquin Irrigation District, The Shadowbrook Investors, T.R. Land Company, LLC; Tuff Boy and Villa Ticino Estates. 

Tickets are $55 in advance only and admittance is limited to those 21 and over.


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