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Two new health & fitness spots opening this weekend
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The Ripon Veterans of Foreign Wars (12455 W. Ripon Road) will have a Karaoke Nite on Saturday, August 1, at 6:30. The evening begins with pizza-by-the-slice for $3 and karaoke performances from 7 to 10. For more information, please call 209.599.6815.


What are you doing this weekend?


Do you think Manteca has too many fast food places and not enough places to stay in shape? This weekend will change the equation and shift the balance towards the healthy options. Dirty Fitness, a new kid on the 100 block of West Yosemite Avenue block on the alley behind Century Furniture, will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, August 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check out the freshly remodeled studio, try healthy food samples from Prep For Success Meals or supplements from GNC and get a deal when you sign up for personal training, boot camp classes and meal plans. The owner and NPC Figure Competitor Rose Bartlett will be on hand, as well as some of the Nor Cal Angels and their positive energy will make you want to work out! Price: FREE

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Another day, another healthy addition to Manteca, this time on the tasty side. The grand opening for a new Hi-Five nutrition on West Yosemite Avenue is set for Saturday morning at the Manteca Marketplace center, in the former location of Rooster Juice. Hi-Five nutrition will high-five your taste buds with healthy “fast foods” that manage to shrink your appetite and be good for you at the same time. Their favorites are Vanilla and Peanut Butter, Pay Day and PB & Jelly – all boasting a maximum 220 calories, some as low as 140 calories, with 21 different vitamins. If you work out at the nearby InShape gym, you should definitely stop post-workout and get a healthy energy lift. Your body will say “yummy.”  Price: FREE Learn more at


Hankering for a good movie, but your typical AMC blockbuster won’t do it? Try some fresh and innovative takes on cinematography at the 8th San Joaquin International Film Festival. You will have a chance to watch movies from all over the world, from Greek movie Little England, California premiere of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet to a selection of U.S. short films. All screenings are public and individual film tickets and Festival Film Passes will be available for purchase online and at the door. Watch the best of the best on Saturday and Sunday, August 1-2, at the Janet Leigh Theatre (University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton).

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Have more fun this weekend!

u$4 Fridays are back at the Sacramento Children’s Museum (2701 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova), so take advantage of the deal and take your curious explorers for a visit this Friday, July 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. 

uModesto Fiji Festival offers live dance, entertainment, kids’ activities and a soccer tournament on Saturday, August 1, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Modesto Christian High School, 5901 Sisk Road (FREE)

uCan you kiddos swim, ride a bike, and run? Sign them up for California Kids Triathlon on Sunday, August 2, at Arroyo Pool (2000 Shasta Drive, Davis). All kids ages 4-18 can participate! ($38-$60)