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Wild game feed; concerts, breakfasts & more on tap
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Three days of South County Christmas activities start off today with the wildest event of them all - the 27th annual Costa’s Wild Game Feed & Holiday Benefit Party.

The showroom of the Manteca Trailer and Motorhome dealership at 2060 E. Yosemite Ave. is turned into a wild game smorgasbord with selections including salmon, halibut, trout, rock cod, calamari, other fish, pheasant, duck, goose, quail, dove, deer, elk, wild pig, bear, assorted game and lots of homemade side dishes.

Typically they feed between 800 to 1,000 people who make donations to help struggling Manteca families at Christmas time. Organizers note that everyone is welcome and that there are “no donations too small.”

They are hoping to attract 1,200 people this year. Those who provide game - as well as to attend one of the most unique holiday events around - come from as far away as out-of-state.

Serving starts at 11:30 a.m. with food available until about 7 p.m.

Drive-thru nativity scene
Sequoia Heights Baptist Church is staging its 20th annual living drive-thru nativity scene tonight and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the church parking lot at 1050 S. Union Road. Admission is free.

SONdance performances tonight & Saturday
SONdance is staging “A Christmas to Remember” at the Ripon Christian High Performing Arts Center, 425 N. Maple Ave., in Ripon tonight at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. For tickets or more information go to or call 823-1740.

Calvary Community Christmas musical opens tonight
Calvary Community Church at 815 W. Lathrop Road is staging the original production “Christmas Dreamin’ with a cast of 100 tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. There is no charge.

For more information call the church at 239-1345.

Brock Elliott pancake slam
Brock Elliott School will be having their annual Holiday Pancake Slam at the Brock Elliott cafeteria on 1110 Stonum Lane in Manteca. The breakfast will be Saturday, Dec. 11 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Breakfast will be $4 for adults, $2 for children six years and up and free for kids under five. The all you can eat breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, milk, juice, coffee and hot chocolate.

 Santa Claus will be at the breakfast, and parents are welcome to being their cameras and their kids for pictures on Santa’s lap.

 Spreckels Park Little League will also be there hosting their annual baseball sign-ups.

Breakfast with Santa at Manteca Senior Center
The Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, is hosting its annual Breakfast with Santa, Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m.

The polar event that often sees many grandparents bringing their grand children to enjoy breakfast, crafts, and a visit with Santa sells out every year.

Voices for the King on concert Saturday
RIPON - The all men’s singing group “Voices for the King” will be performing Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 517 Orange Ave.

The group consists of men from Ripon and surrounding communities.

Barbara Viss is the director while Glen deJong will serve as the accompanist on the organ or piano.

A freewill offering will be taken for the Gospel Rescue Mission in Stockton.

Lathrop events
The Lathrop Holiday Parade will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday with the theme of “The Joys of Holiday Toys.”The parade awards will be presented in the Lathrop Community Center gym directly after the parade.

The Holiday Boutique will take place at the Lathrop Senior Center (15707 Fifth Street, Lathrop) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Lathrop’s annual Tree Lighting event is at the Lathrop Community Center (15557 Fifth Street) on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Holiday songs and carols will be led by the Lathrop Elementary School Choir, the Lathrop High School Choir and the Lathrop Area Music Program. Refreshments will be served and Santa will come to visit the children.

Manteca community concert on Sunday
The Manteca Community Choir under the direction of Anne Talcott will be performing a Christmas cantata, “Hallelujah! Light Has Come” on Sunday at 7 p.m.  Manteca Presbyterian Church will host the event. There are 60 plus members of the community choir plus guests from Stockton’s St. Paul’s Methodist Church.  There is no charge for this musical event although a free-willing offering will be taken for future performances.

School holiday concerts next week
The Manteca High School Holiday Concert is Monday, Dec. 13, at 7p.m. in the MHS cafeteria.  Both the band and choir will perform.  The choir, under the direction of Mary Monaghan, is presenting Vivaldi’s “Gloria”.  The band is under the direction of Anthony Dahl.

The Lathrop High Winter Concert will be held in the LHS Performing Arts Building - Theater, on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.  The LHS Band is directed by Desiree Bugarin and the LHS Concert Choir is directed by Elizabeth VanEerde. No tickets are needed.

Lincoln School, directed by Miss Ehlen, will present their Winter Band Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.  This concert will feature musicians from the 5th-8th grades.

Brock Elliott will be hosting their Winter Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The choir will be performing at 6 p.m. and then 6-8th grade band will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Both performances will be held in the cafeteria and will be directed by Melissa Manalastas.

The Walter Woodward Elementary bands and choirs will present a Winter Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. in gym.  All groups are directed by Shannon Beattie.

The Golden West and Sequoia Winter Concert will be held at Sequoia School on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.  The band and choir are under the direction of Wendell Dotson and Cindy Karim.

Stella Brockman will present their Winter Band Concert, directed by Terri Richichi, on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Stella Brockman gym.  It will feature band students in 6th-8th grade.

French Camp Elementary will be holding a Holiday Band Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.  The band program is under the direction of Jack Hepworth.

The August Knodt Elementary band and choir will present their Winter Concert Thursday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Woodward gym.  The music program is under the direction of Jack Hepworth.

St. Patrick’s holiday concert Dec. 19
ESCALON — The choir of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Escalon cordially invites the public to its annual holiday concert, to be held on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m.  The concert will be held in the church, located at 19399 E. Highway 120, in Escalon.  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.  The classical music has become a favored addition to the vocal offerings.

The yearly concert, a tradition begun in 2002, has gained a loyal following and will be sure to please an appreciative audience.  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.