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Manteca celebrates 30th tree lighting
Manteca tree lighting
Ric Comparo led the Stockton Singers during the opening ceremonies of the Tree of Lights event. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

Each light of the Tree of Lights was a way of “keeping wonderful memories alive” of loved one.

That was echoed by Eleze Armstrong during Thursday’s 30th annual Manteca Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of Doctors Hospital of Manteca.

She’s the CEO of the local hospital for past two years. Armstrong, who missed last year’s Hospice of San Joaquin event, was thrilled to take part at

Manteca tree lighting
The 30tn annual Manteca Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of Doctors Hospital of Manteca took place on Thursday evening. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
this special holiday event.

This was one of eight tree-light ceremonies involving Hospice of SJ – each reflected the uniqueness of those respective communities.

According to DHM: “The ceremony provided an opportunity for everyone in the community to recognize the people who have impacted their lives, through a memorial or honorary light dedication.”

The Stockton Singers, under the direction of Ric Comparo, opened the tree-lighting ceremony in Manteca by performing Christmas Carols.

Paul Balestracci, who is the vice president on the Hospice of SJ board of director, noted that each of the LED lights on the strands adorning the large evergreen tree on the corner of East North Street and Cottage Avenue represented that of a loved one.

Hospice of SJ Development Manager Elizabeth Skinner brought in a guest to share her patient-care family story.

The Manteca Tree Lighting Ceremony, in addition, featured Pastor Jim Todd of Crossroads Grace Church providing the invocation, and Balestracci counting down for the lighting of the tree.

Manteca Youth Focus and several dignitaries including City of Manteca Mayor Gary Singh were also in attendance.

Meanwhile, the City of Manteca will be hosting the annual Christmas at the Center on Thursday, Dec. 7., from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Those in attendance can bring their Christmas ornament to hang on the large evergreen tree at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

The annual holiday event promises to be an evening full of fun and holiday cheer.