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Ripon cancels events due to threat of virus
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In an effort to deter the spread of COVID-19, several upcoming community events in Ripon have been canceled.

Included here are First Responders Appreciation Day and Ribs & Hops.

The latter was scheduled for Saturday.

“We’ll try to reschedule it for a later date,” said John Mangelos of the Ripon Rotary Club.

Gov. Gavin Newsom, in a recent statement on the coronavirus pandemic, said that not holding community events “can have cascading effects – saving dozens of lives and preserving critical health care resources that you family may need a month from now.”

Many cities including Ripon have been following the governor’s directions.

Ribs & Hops – featured are large-sized beef ribs and five micro brews including Black Orchid of Manteca and, coming soon, Ripon – is the local Rotary Club’s fundraiser to make possible small dictionaries to third graders at Colony Oak, Park View, Weston, Ripona and Ripon Elementary in Ripon Unified, and Ripon Christian Schools.

First Responder Appreciation Day was scheduled for April 4.

Elected leader Mike Restuccia announced the cancelation of this annual event that attracts over 400 community members and guests at last Monday’s Ripon City Council emergency meeting.

The Planning Commission meeting scheduled for later that day was also canceled for the same reason.

The First Responder Appreciation Day honors local police, firefighters and medical personnel, and consists of a mile-long walk, from the Ripon Police Department via downtown to the Ripon Consolidated Fire Department building.