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Free Day for Kids Saturday at Boys & Girls Club
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Longtime Boys & Girls Club supporters and former Manteca mayors Jack Snyder, left, and Willie Weatherford with club members in the games room - photo by DENNIS WYATT

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Manteca/Lathrop are staging a free Day for Kids on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Manteca clubhouse at 545 W. Alameda St.

The free event includes live wrestling shows starting at noon in the gym. They will start every half hour.

There will be food, a car show, bicycle raffle, pedal cars, laser tag, games, music and face painting. The face painting takes place from noon to 3 p.m. in the park.

All activities and food are free.

Information about the club will be available Saturday. Club membership is open to youth 6 to 17 years of age. The price of $60 a year comes down to $1.15 a week.  Youth from low-income families can qualify for free scholarships. School year hours at the Manteca location are 3:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and at the Lathrop School site the hours are 3 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The fee covers all offerings including karate lessons from longtime instructor Robin Taberna twice a week. 

The club offers homework assistance, computers for doing school work, and various character building programs. It also offers a variety of recreation games, dance classes, sports leagues, arts classes, or simply a safe place to spend time with friends.

Among the popular programs are the teen room, flag football in the fall, basketball in the winter, year-round karate lessons offered by Robin Taberna, and free music lessons.

For more information, call the club at 239-KIDS.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email