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ICF shrimp feed Saturday; prayer breakfast set May 7
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The Italian Catholic Federation will be having its annual “All You Can Eat” shrimp dinner Saturday, May 2, at the St. Anthony Church gym. No-host cocktails begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7. Dinner will include pesto pasta, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages. Don Garibaldi will provide accordion music. There will be a raffle and silent auction of baked goods. Tickets are $35 each ($17.50 for children ages 12 and younger), and are available from Ida at 209.982.5710, Marilyn at 209.612.7770, or Anna at 209.403.7634.

NEXT WEEK: The Manteca Community Prayer Breakfast is scheduled at the Manteca Senior Center (295 Cherry Lane) for Thursday, May 7, at 6 a.m. Guest speaker will be Russ Howell, founding principal at the Great Valley Academy in Manteca. Tickets are $10 apiece. For tickets or more information about the event, call Judy Vasquez at 209.629.1458 or Dave Byrd at 209.612.8681.

IN TWO WEEKS: In observance of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 16, flags will be placed on Manteca streets by volunteers. Appreciating volunteerism spirit, a Manteca group will serve free coffee and snacks to the flag volunteers. If you would like to participate, please contact the Manteca Chamber of Commerce at 209.823.6121.

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What are you doing this weekend?

Do you like curated, artisan, handmade, custom or vintage goodies? Then this unique marketplace is just for you – and you don’t even have to travel to San Francisco. Stockmarket, a local makers market, will host its second event on Saturday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Stockton (630 E. Weber Ave, formerly the Plea for Peace Center). This indoor/outdoor market will showcase a curated selection of the region’s makers, designers and vintage sellers. Expect to find vendors selling handmade jewelry, artisan body products, screen-printed goods, vintage clothing, custom leather, specialty foods, and unique paper goods. Sounds like a shopper’s heaven, right? Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players, among others, will provide live music at the event. If you’re in, there will also be a variety of food trucks and craft beer and drinks offered by The Abbey Trappist Pub. Price: FREE Learn more at 

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Put your best cowboy boots on, because it’s time for the Big Country Roundup at the Grand Theatre! Arrive to the outdoor VIP Party held on Tracy’s 7th Street, next to the Grand, in style – a big cowboy hat is a must. Devour a delicious BBQ dinner from Texas Roadhouse, enjoy a round of rowdy country games and enjoy a musical performance by Stephan Hogan and the star of the night, Jackson Michelson. There will be beer and wine available for purchase and good times for all. Price: $45 or $25 for the party and/or $25 for the concert Learn more at 

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Do you think you can sing? And do you think you can sing in Italian? During “Pizza, Pop and Pinot,” organized by Stockton Sister Cities Association, Parma, Italy Project, you’ll get to sing your heart out because they are hosting an Italian-American Idol Singing Contest with audience voting participation! While you enjoy pizza baked in wood-burning oven, Italian pop music and Pinot Grigio wine, there will be an array of singing hopefuls trying to win your vote (and you can be one of them). They have to sing an Italian/American song and while Italian heritage or language is not required, it will certainly work in their favor. One of the contestants will pocket a $500 prize at the end of the night and the audience will decide who will be the lucky duck. See you at the AVE on the Mile (2333 Pacific Avenue, Stockton) on Thursday, April 30, at 6 p.m. ‘O sole mio! Price: $25 Learn more at

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How do you know that summer is almost here? It’s when the San Joaquin County Historical Museum opens its gate to Critter Corral. A variety of pets and live farm animals will be available for cuddles, hugs and feedings every weekend at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum in Micke Grove Regional Park (11793 North Micke Grove Road, Lodi). Cute goats, sheep, bunnies and more fluffy animals will be literally at your fingertips. Encounters with the Critter Corral animals are free with regular Museum admission, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., from May 2 through August 30; except for July 4 and in case of significant rain. Price: FREE with regular museum admission Learn more at

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Have more fun this weekend!

• Join Delta College’s Fashion Program as it presents its 8th annual Designer Collections Show at the Marcopolous Gym at San Joaquin Delta College (5151 Pacific Avenue, Stockton) on Friday, May 1, at 8 p.m. ($20)

• It’s sale time! Over 25 stores will mark their goods down during Lincoln Center Spring Sidewalk Sale (Pacific Ave & Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton) on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

• The Haggin Museum in Stockton will offer a free admission on Saturday, May 2, from noon to 5 p.m. (FREE)

• Be a part of one of the longest running fundraisers in the San Joaquin County and visit the 84th annual Strawberry Breakfast at the University of the Pacific Regents Dining Room (3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton) on Sunday, May 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ($14)

• Build (or win) an amazing dog house during the 2nd annual In the Dog House Celebration at Whirlow’s (1926 Pacific Avenue, Stockton), where all proceeds will go towards local animal charities. (FREE)

• Come celebrate the opening day of Stockton’s own fairyland, Pixie Woods, at Shimizu Drive at Occidental Avenue, Stockton during its opening day on Saturday, May 2, from noon to 5 p.m. ($4, children under 2 free)

• I believe I can fly… And you can too if you go see R. Kelly & Friends at the Stockton Arena (248 W. Fremont Street) on Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. ($65+)

• Stockton Civic Theatre (2312 Rosemarie Lane) presents “The 39 Steps,” a mix of Hitchcock masterpiece, juicy spy novel, and Monty Python opening on Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. ($25)


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