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East Union hosting JROTC drill, competition

The 11th annual JROTC Drill and Ceremony Competition is planned Saturday at East Union High.
The opening ceremony kicks off at 9 a.m. in the Dalben Center or the large gym.

Instructor and organizer Karl Knutsen is expecting anywhere from 10 to 12 schools in the competition, including Manteca, Sierra, Weston Ranch, Lathrop, Ripon, McLane (Fresno), Encinal (Alameda), and host East Union.

Plans also call for schools to enter their top three boy and girl athletes in the obstacle course competition.

The strongest competitors are expected to emerge from the arm wrestling event.

Three drill sergeants and five recruiters will serve as judges, according to Knutsen.

For more information, call Knutsen at (209) 471-0171.

Valentine’s Day Blues Review & Dance on Sunday

Chez Shari’s at the Manteca Golf Course, 305 N. Union Road is hosting a Valentine’s Blues Review and Dance on Sunday.

The show features Nat Bolden and The State of Mind Blues Band.

Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

Food will be available.

For information, call 825-8524.

Ripon VFW 1051 celebrates Mardi Gras

Join the fun at the Ripon Veterans of Foreign Wars on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 5 to 10 p.m. for real Cajun food and to dance the night away.

Tickets are $10 donation in advance and $15 at the door. For more info call Ripon VFW at 599-6815 or visit us online All proceeds to benefit our veterans.

A Valentine’s Day champagne brunch on Sunday, Feb. 14, is also planned.

Ravioli the Clown at Manteca Library

On Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m., the Manteca Branch Library presents Ravioli the Clown  for an hour of amazing enchantment you won’t soon forget.  

Ravioli has been working his magic with children of all ages for more than 20 years.  His playful charm and outrageous sense of silliness will definitely brighten up your day while inspiring children to read, learn, and explore.  Ravioli always makes sure to conjure up a powerful message with every program: Reading is the magical pathway to understanding the world around us. So check out the Library for additional information and resources.

This free program is provided through the generosity of the Friends of the Manteca Library. The Manteca Branch Library is 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