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National Night Out party at Library Park Aug. 2
The Manteca Police Department’s Chevy Nova patrol car is a popular item at neighborhood block parties. - photo by Photo Contributed
Manteca’s annual rally to bring citizens together to combat crime starts this year with a community block party on Sunday, Aug. 2, at Library Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Community Emergency Response Team will also stage a car show and cruise at the same location.

Then on Tuesday, Aug. 4, the National Night Out block parties will take place throughout Manteca. It is the same day the annual free shredding event takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. at Library Park. The free event is being staged through the efforts of the Manteca Police Department and the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Manteca has arranged for Shred-It trucks to be on hand. The weekly Library Park farmers market will run concurrently from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

There also will be a trailer there to take E-waste — computer equipment and electronics that are illegal under state laws designed to protect the environment to toss in your Toters. Both services are free.

Manteca Police Public Affairs spokesman Rex Osborn noted there will be various activities at the Sunday, Aug, 2, community block party as well as various public safety displays plus volunteer opportunities for those who’d like to assist police and fire efforts.

The police are also looking for non-profit community groups that would like to have free booths such as the MOMS Club, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Give Every Child a Chance and others. For more information contact Brandi Kendrick at the Manteca Parks &Recreation Department, 456-8600.

The presence of youth groups is encouraged to make sure kids as well as parents know there are alternatives to gangs.

The car show registration is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. You have to be entered in the car slow to take part in the legal cruise.

For more information or to register a block part for Aug, 4, contact Osborn at 456-8100.