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Relay for Life hosts Breakfast with Santa
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Relay for Life Manteca will be hosting a Breakfast with Santa this Saturday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church located at 910 E. North St, Manteca.

All of the proceeds will benefit the 2011 Relay for Life event to aid the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.

Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, and milk or juice for $5. The guest of honor will be available for pictures. There will also be a coloring contest and crafts for the kids. There will be a gift shop as well so the children can shop for mom and dad with gift wrapping available. There also will be a bake sale and raffle taking place throughout the morning.

The event takes place from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

If you would like more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Dee Dee Dutra at 209-482-0531.

COATS FOR KIDS: Down for God Ministries is conducting its first coat drive for the Boys & Girls Club on Friday, Dec. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at four locations that are also providing hot cocoa for those who participate.

The locations are Prayer Valley Church, 117 Manteca Ave.; the Boys & Girls Club, 545 W. Alameda; Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 1120 M. Main; and Main Street Café, 1464 W. Yosemite Ave.

: Fallen Oak will present “Rockin’ Stocking Christmas 2010”on Saturday.

The third annual event will take place at Rookie’s Bar and Grill, 1251 E. Yosemite Ave., Manteca, beginning at 5 p.m. (doors open at 4:30).

The show is free, however, donations will still be accepted along with donations of coats for the Salvation Army.

For more information, call 209-986-3347.

STOCKTON CHORAL HOLIDAY CONCERT: The Stockton Chorale will “Ring in the Holidays” Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18, with performances in its first subscription concert under the direction of new artistic director/conductor Magen Solomon.

The varied program includes excerpts from the “Messiah”, favorites such as “White Christmas” and “Greensleeves”, and less well known pieces such as “Los Reyes” and “Medieval Gloria”.  The concert will include works performed by the Master Chorale and Youth Chorale. They will be joined in concert by the Velocity Handbell Choir, a group of talented musicians coming from the Bay Area to share the artistry of handbells.

The audience is also invited to sing along when the Chorale performs such familiar tunes as “Joy to the World” and “Angels We Have Heard on High”.

The Stockton Chorale, founded in 1951, is an over-100-member community chorus of singers from the Central Valley, Contra Costa County and the Sierra Foothills.  Dr. Magen Salomon conducts the Stockton Chorale and Master Chorale, while Joan Calonico conducts the Youth Chorale.

This double performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Central Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Avenue, Stockton and at 3 p.m. on Saturday at St John’s Episcopal Church, 1055 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi.

Single concert tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are general admission and may be purchased at the door, by phoning the Stockton Chorale office at (209) 951-6494, or by contacting Chorale members.

MCHENRY MANSION HOLIDAY TEAS: The McHenry Mansion Foundation presents its annual Christmas Holiday Tea today, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:20 to 3 p.m.

Prepayment of $10 will reserve a seat, otherwise you can pay $10 at the door for open seating. Ticket are $10 per person.

The Christmas Tea is held in The McHenry Mansion, located at 15th and I Streets in Modesto. It is held amidst the decorated trees, garlands suspended from the ceilings and a collection of antique ornaments.

The Mansion, built in 1883 by Modesto pioneer, Robert McHenry, is open daily to view Victorian holiday decorations.

The Mansion Gift Store is open daily from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the new Visitor’s Center, 924 Fifteenth Street, with a wide assortment of Christopher Radko ornaments and other holiday gifts and decorative items.
For information or reservations, call 578-1524.

ST. PATRICK’s HOLIDAY CONCERT: The choir of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Escalon invites the public to its annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m.  The concert will be held in the church, located at 19399 E. Highway 120.  The choir will perform both sacred and secular musical selections for your holiday enjoyment.

They will again be joined this year by the Central Valley String Quartet, which will accompany the choir and also perform instrumental selections throughout the program.   

After the concert, refreshments will be provided in the church hall, along with a display of nativity scenes brought in specifically for the day.  As in past years, admission is free to the general public.