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Free shredding & yodeling to Main Street Day
EU cleanup
Steve Paul has been among the volunteers helping keep East Union Cemeterys grounds in shape. For information on how to help see story page A8.

Looking for something to do Saturday?
You can do everything from taking sensitive paperwork to be shredded for free to the City of Manteca’s corporation yard on Wetmore Street, enjoy the last street festival of the season at Main Street Day in downtown Ripon to volunteer to spruce up the East Union Cemetery or enjoy a meal — or a glass of wine — while helping local causes.
Starting things off is the Manteca Shred-It event. It starts an hour earlier than usual and ends an hour earlier as well. The free event is Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon at the solid waste office at 201 E. Wetmore Street just east of the Manteca Animal Shelter on South Main Street.
Manteca Police encourage residents to bring all of their personal documents and records to be shredded at no charge. Bring them in either in bags or boxes. Do not bring magazines or books to be shredded.
Police officers remind people that vagrants rummaging through brown carts scrounging for old bills, payment stubs and even envelopes with addresses and names that they sell by the bag full to criminals that specialize in identify theft. The only way to protect yourself from becoming an ID theft victim via garbage collection is to shred such documents.
They also will take all phones and cell phones for recycling.  It is free to all City of Manteca residents.

Main Street Day
in Ripon Saturday
The Ripon Main Street Day in downtown Ripon takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The free Ripon Chamber of Commerce event is the last street festival of the year. It features a car show, music, vendors, food, entertainment, and kids’ activities. There are also a number of downtown Manteca residents to enjoy as well as several unique retailers. For more, information go to

Wine social benefits
HOPE Ministries
HOPE Family Shelter’s Annual Wine Tasting Social is at the Delicato Tasting Room on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.
This is your chance to help an organization with a 25-year track record of helping get homeless families and single moms with children off the streets. The HOPE Family Shelter non-profit relies almost 100 percent on donations.
For more information or to purchase tickets call 209.665.7640 or email

Swiss fall concert
& dance in Ripon
The San Joaquin Valley Swiss Echoes, a singing and yodeling club in Ripon since 1947, is having its annual fall concert and dance on Saturday  at 7:30 p.m. at the Swiss Hall in Ripon, on the corner of Manley and East Main Streets. 
A fun-filled Cabaret Night with a “ride” on the SBB (“Schweizerische Bundesbahnen” or Swiss federal railways) is sure to be the highlight of the evening. You will hear a variety of folk songs and yodels as you imagine a train ride through beautiful Switzerland.  There will also be a raffle with fun prizes, followed by dancing to the tunes of the Ron Scheiber Mike Inderbitzen Orchestra. 
Admission to the concert and dance is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Children under 16 are free.  For information or tickets call Heidi Betschart at 209-531-2577, JoAnn Kaufmann at 209-951-6674, Billy Berchtold at 209-982-4167, or Barbara Masterson at 209-667-1087.

Three dinners
offer good food &
fun while helping
community causes
There are three dinners on Saturday that give you an excuse not to cook while at the same time helping worthy causes.
Oktoberfest featuring Lockeford Sausage & sides, music, activities, and dancing takes place Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. at the MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant Street, in Manteca to benefit the Sierra High Athletic Boosters.
Tickets are $30 per person and include two adult beverages. For tickets call Sharon Amick at (209) 815-5590.
uRIPON LEGION OKTOBERFEST: American Legion Post 190 is hosting their 2nd annual “Oktoberfest” on Saturday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall located at 201 S. Stockton Avenue, in Ripon.
 Admission is $15 for adults & $5 for kids. The post will be having a gun raffle. Tickets are $20 each or six tickets for $100. For more information call 209-599-3131.
uMANTECA AMERICAN LEGION DINNER: American Legion Post 249 will be hosting its monthly dinner at the Post Hall, located at 220 W Yosemite Ave, Manteca, on Saturday. It will feature Chinese cuisine. Social hour is at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m. They will offer Bingo after dinner. Dinner is $15 a ticket. They also offer take-out.
All proceeds help defray the monthly expenses for the Hall. For tickets contact Marco at (209) 815-2107, Bob at (209) 612-6954 or the Hall (leave a message) (209) 823-4133.

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