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Junior leadership is free to teens
Teens have a chance to learn a lot about the community as well as develop leadership skills at no cost as part of the Manteca Chamber of Commerce Junior Leadership Program.

The program involves once-a-month programs them an up close look at how the community operates.

The orientation will take place Saturday, Sept. 26.

Team building exercises will take place at Venture Academy. Other monthly programs include military appreciation, city government, health and wellbeing, fire safety, press day, assisted living, South San Joaquin Irrigation Day, plus a graduation dinner conducted in conjunction with the chamber installation.

For more information go to or call the chamber at 823-6121.

Back to School tonight at Lincoln
Lincoln School’s back to school event is tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at the East Yosemite Avenue campus.

A hot dog dinner starts at 5 p.m.

2nd Saturday offers volunteer opportunity
2nd Saturday is a monthly opportunity for Mantecans to join others in serving the community. Hundreds have participated by setting aside 8 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of the month, viewing a list of projects to then choose from, and serve our community together for the morning.

It is very grass-roots, very rewarding, and very effective. This last month we trimmed hedges and landscaping on the bike trail, cleaned areas of trash and debris, visited a rest home, and continued a landscaping makeover of a widow’s home. For a list of past projects, visit

This is faith-based (sponsored by Crossroads Grace Community Church), and is welcoming, inclusive and simple. We invite anyone to join us in serving our community together monthly. A release form is necessary and found online to download (or to complete that morning), and pre-registration is not necessary. The next 2nd Saturday is September 12. Visit for more information.

31st annual Ag Tour this Friday
Join the Manteca Convention and Visitors Bureau for the 31st Annual Ag Tour for 2009 this Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This year they will be visiting Quaresma Farms Dairy located in south Manteca, the King of Windmills located in Stockton, The Fruit Bowl for shopping and lunch, The Port of Stockton and ending up at Delicato Family Vineyards for wine tasting.  Tickets are available now for $40 each at the Convention & Visitor Bureau office located at Strike Zone Bowl in Manteca.

Continental Breakfast, lunch and wine tasting included.

For more information call the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 823-7229.

Volunteers sought to help place flags
Volunteers are needed to place 2,400 flags along Manteca streets on Labor Day as well as on Sept. 11.

Help is needed to place the flags on both says starting at 6 a.m. and to retrieve them after 3 p.m.

All 2,400 flags will be placed if there are enough volunteers. They are placed along Yosemite Avenue and Main Street as well as parts of Center Street, Union Road, and Louise Avenue.

To volunteer, contact the Manteca Chamber of Commerce at 823-6121.

Texas Hold Em play helps Boys & Girls
The Boys & Girls Club Break the Bank Texas Hold Em tournament takes place Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Bank of Stockton, 660 N. Main St.

No host cocktails and snacks are from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by Texas Hold Em play from 7 to 11 p.m.

The grand prize is a $500 gift card and tournament bracelet plus pries for the top 10 placers.

The $50 buy-in includes $2,000 in chips, food, and prizes.

For tickets contact the Manteca/Lathrop Boys & Girls Club at 239-KIDS or the Manteca Convention & Visitors Center at 823-7229.