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Eskaton car show on Saturday
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Eskaton Manteca Manor (544 Eastwood Ave. off of Northgate Drive) is hosting a car show and open house on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be raffle prizes, a silent auction, and hot dogs, chips and water for sale for $2, plus JPR Band will provide live music. Residents will pick the winner of the Best of Show. For more details call 823.8828.

SONdance Open House & Registration Day is set for Sunday, Aug. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. at their location at 612 Commerce Court, Manteca. Check out their studios, meet the staff, and register your little one for the next season. Returning dancers can register at 3 p.m. and new dancers at 4 p.m. Visit for more info and class schedules.

What are you doing this weekend?

Join Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin & Stanislaus Counties as they crown the 2015 Chili Cook Off Winners on Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Manteca Transit Center (220 Moffat Blvd.) Chili Prep and Cooking will begin at 7 a.m. and table set up at 3 p.m. Fifteen outstanding chili cooks will have their batches ready by 5 p.m. and that’s your time to come and taste their concoctions. Who will be the winner? You and a table of judges will decide. Cash prizes will be awarded for first three places and the chili station with the most festive and creative decorations will also win a prize – remember the fun aliens from last year? Plus, you sampling delicious food will ensure someone else in the community won’t go hungry, since proceeds from the event will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Win-win!

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Remember the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, a wine competition where all the local California wines won over French wine and nobody could believe it? Well, you can re-live the infamous day yourself at the Thursday Wine Smackdown at Peirano Estate Vineyards (21831 Highway 99, Acampo) on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. The “smackdown” is a head-to-head challenge where you will decide the ultimate victor and the best wine of the night. Each round will feature two wines of the same variety, but one will be from Lodi’s Finest and one from a European region. Each wine will be paired with an appetizer that will help bring out the characteristics of the wines. The first “match” of the series features Spanish wine paired with Spanish food. Ole!

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It’s StocktonCon time! Meet the hottest artists in the San Joaquin Valley area and experience the amazing world of popular culture. The two day event at the Stockton Arena (248 Fremont St.) will be full of comics, card and video games, cards, anime, manga, toys and more. Get star struck when you meet one of this year’s special guests - Jerry “the King” Lawler, Jeryl Prescott from the Walking Dead, and Ken Shamrock highlight a loaded list of 2015 guests. There will also be a lot of famous cosplayers like Rana, face of Samara, tons of amazing artists like our local Ramon Villalobos, and more. StocktonCon is set for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8-9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Price: $13 for one day, $22 for both days Learn more at

Have more fun this weekend!

uThe fifth annual Modstock Music Festival at Modesto’s Graceada Park (401 Needham Street) will feature more than 30 local bands on Sunday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (FREE)
uYay for breastfeeding! Delta Health Care’s 4th annual Breastfeeding Celebration is on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 4662 Precissi Lane in Stockton from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will feature informational booths highlighting health and healthcare access, nutrition and wellness, fun activities, free giveaways, music, raffle prizes and more. (FREE)

uGabriel Fluffy Iglesias will (quite early) perform at the Gallo Center on Saturday, Aug. 8, with shows at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., because the show was rescheduled from Aug. 30. (PRICE VARIES)

uSample wines, food, enjoy vendor and craft booths and more at the 14th annual Taste of The Delta at Tower Park Marina & Stockton Delta KOA (14900 W Hwy 12 # H, Lodi) on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. ($25)

Bring the family out to the free Get Active Scavenger Hunt, collect clues, face challenges and race through ten interactive challenges at Maidu Park (1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville) on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 9 a.m. (FREE)