By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Manteca Rec offers Jedi training May 13
TALENT SHOW1 4-25-16 copy
Vocalist Kailey Nevarez performs onstage as part of the 13/14 age division competition during Manteca Parks and Recreation Commissions Got Talent? show at the Manteca Senior Center staged by the Manteca Youth Advisory Commission and GK Music. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

Get ready for the return of the Jedi, Manteca Parks & Recreation style.
Jedi Knight Training is back after a six-year hiatus as part of the department’s Kid’s Night Out Parties for children ages 4 to 10. It takes place Friday, May 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane.
Recreation supervisor Brandy Clark indicated new twists have been added since the last Jedi Knight Training.
“It’ll be lots of fun,” she said.
Participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite Star Wars attire.
All participants will make their own light sabers, practice meteor shower defense, participate in a Jedi obstacle course, and compete in pod racing. Yoda’s special “Green Juice” and Jedi Galaxy Gorp” will be served when training is complete.
No spectators are allowed. Parents are asked to return at 7:30 p.m. for the Jedi Certificate Ceremony.
Instructors/Jedi trainers are from the ranks of the Manteca Youth Advisory Commission.
The cost is $25 for residents and $35 for non-residents.

Frozen tickets are
hot commodity
Tickets for “Frozen” — the father-daughter dance planned for Saturday, May 14, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. —are selling fast.
Manteca Parks & Rec added the second staging of “Frozen” after all 300 tickets were sold more than a week before the first dance back in February. They had to turn down upwards of 150 ticket requests the week leading up to the dance that included dinner, dessert and dancing as well as touches such as visits from princesses. There are even optional photo packages.
Clark said when tickets are sold out, that’s it. There is no guarantee tickets will be available at the door or even the week prior due to the high demand.
The evening is designed for fathers, uncles and grandfathers to accompany girls ages 3 to 14 on a date.
The event staged by the Manteca Youth Advisory Commission is $30 per couple through April 29. Each additional girl is $5.  Tickets, if still available after April 29, go up to $40 per couple and $8 for each additional girl.
More information on Jedi Training and the father-daughter dance is available by going to or calling 209.456.8600.