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Free gift wrapping for seniors

Seniors 60 years and older can take advantage of free Christmas wrapping this Thursday, Dec. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Almond Blossom Estates Mobile Home Park clubhouse, 1901 E. Yosemite Ave.

It is being offered through We CARE for seniors (Community Action Referral & Education) volunteers serving Manteca, Lathrop and the surrounding areas.

The Christmas wrap party also includes conversation, hot cider and cookies.

There is a $3 charge per package for those under 60 who would like packages wrapped. All proceeds collected will benefit local non-profit agencies’ holiday programs and giving efforts.

If you are over 60 and can’t come to attend the gift wrapping party, you can call them and they will arrange for a volunteer to go to your house to wrap gifts.

For more information call 624-0274.

Main Street Café concert on Friday

A concert at the Main Street Café dubbed “A Rockin’ Stocking” Christmas Friday at 7 p.m. will benefit the Salvation Army coat drive.

Admission is $7 or $5 with the donation of a gently used coat.

The three bands are Ty Caskey, Skouts Honor, and Divided We Fall. Skouts Honor is from Manteca.

The Main Street Café address is 1351 N. Main St.

Carols & Kisses through Dec. 19

East Union High School Choir members are available to carol to your friends, family members and party gatherings.  Their annual Carols and Kisses fund raiser will be available through December 19.  

Prices start at $10 for two or three Christmas carols and a bag of Hershey Kisses.  

Contact Anne Talcott at or call 480-1440 for more information.  

Free surplus food distribution Thursday

Low-income residents of San Joaquin County will be able to obtain free government surplus food on Thursday, Dec. 17, at locations throughout San Joaquin County. Distribution will continue until supplies are exhausted.

The food products will be given to those who self-certify that they are residents of San Joaquin County and whose household income are within the program guidelines. Total monthly income cannot exceed $1,354 for one person; $1,821 for two; $2,289 for three; $2,756 for four; $3,224 for five; and $3,691 for a household of six persons. They need to bring proof of their address and zip code and a paper bag.

County Locations:

• Lathrop, Lathrop Senior Center, 15557 E 5th St., 8 to 11 a.m.

• Manteca, Manteca Library, 320 W. Center, 7 to 9 a.m.

• Escalon, CARE Center, 8 to 10 a.m.

• Ripon, Ripon Community Center, 312 W. 4th St., 7 to 9 a.m.

Participants must bring a grocery bag to help with the distribution. For more information, telephone the San Joaquin County, Commodity Program 468-3679.

Holiday story time at library today

The Manteca Branch Library will present a Holiday Book Bonanza today at 4 p.m. The library’s story time lady  will read stories plus there will be games and crafts for everyone to enjoy.  Come have a wonderful time for families with children of all ages to celebrate literacy.

 This free program is provided through the generosity of the Friends of the Manteca Library.  The Manteca Branch Library is a part of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library and is located at 320 W Center St.  For more information, call (866) 805-7323 (READ) (County), (209) 937-8221 (Stockton), or visit