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Poker run goes to veterans assistance effort
The American Legion Riders Valley Poker Run is planned for Saturday throughout the Central Valley.

Chapter 263 of Escalon and Chapter 249 of Manteca are serving as organizers for the inaugural event that begins at Delta Power Sports, 17605 S. Manthey Road in Lathrop, and concludes at Main Street Park in downtown Escalon.

Included will be live music, a barbecue and raffle.

Cost is $20 per person.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with part of the proceeds going to the Veterans Assistance Relief Program.

The first 100 registered riders will receive a free T-shirt and ride pin.

For more information, call Dennis Parrish at (209) 496-5825, Tom Converse at (209) 402-2982, or log on to

Women’s connection luncheon Wednesday
After six successful years, the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau began holding their Women’s Connection as quarterly luncheons in 2009. Next Wednesday, Oct. 21, marks the final luncheon for the year, co-sponsored by Doctors Hospital of Manteca, Lars P. Enevoldsen, M.D. and Bradley D. Tourlotte, M.D.

The luncheon’s featured speaker is Conflict Resolution Specialist Francine Poelstra. Poelstra has been with the San Joaquin Mediation Center since 2000.

Starting as a volunteer, she became so involved that she gave up her private business to join the Board and work with the center full time. Francine’s mission is the Center’s mission as well: Building a safe community by preventing and resolving conflict through education and mediation.

The Women’s Connection Luncheon is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Emory, 1028 W. Yosemite Avenue, Manteca. The $25 ticket includes lunch, tradeshow and networking opportunity as well as our Keynote speaker presentation. One lucky attendee will also walk away with the conference’s grand prize, a lovely piece of jewelry, courtesy of New York Diamonds in Manteca.

You may purchase tickets at the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau office located at 1251 E. Yosemite Avenue (inside the Manteca Bowling Center) or by calling the Manteca CVB at 823-7229.

Parking lot sale set on Saturday
LATHROP - The City of Lathrop, Senior Center’s Parking Lot Sale is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This Parking Lot Sale will feature crafts, collectables, BBQ, entertainment, and much more. The Coby Gill Band and the Manteca/Lathrop youth focus will perform. We will be serving coffee, donuts, hot cider and hot chocolate in the morning and 50¢ hot dogs in the afternoon.

Admission to these events is free. If you are interested in renting a booth space to sell your treasures, 1 space at $15 and 2 spaces for $25 and tables are $5 each. Please contact the Lathrop Senior Center at 941-7380. Don’t miss this special event.