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Mud, barn dancing & more!
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St. Anthony of Padua Parish School Barn Dance and Rib Feed will take place in the school gym (505 E North Street) on Saturday, May 16, from 5 to 11 p.m. Dinner will consist of all-you-can-eat Fagundes tri-tip and ribs, baked potato with all the fixings, salad and bread. This is a fun-filled family event with face painting, games, and dancing. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for ages 5-12 and children 4 and under are free. For more information, please call Dawn McElrath at 209.481.2448.

It’s time to visit your local museum! Manteca Historical Society (600 W. Yosemite Avenue) will host St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. as a part of the church’s year-long Centennial Celebration. Docents will host tours and refreshments will be served. Methodist history in the area will be highlighted. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Karen Negley Talbot at 209.599.6499 or Luan Bland at 209.923.4623.

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What are you doing this weekend?

Memorial Day is coming in just a couple of days and you can honor our veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice with a couple of events scheduled for this weekend. First, in observance of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 16, flags will be placed out on Manteca streets by volunteers. Appreciating volunteerism spirit, there will be 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. Then join another group of volunteers at the East Union Cemetery where they are going to be restoring Veterans Bronze Markers, also on Saturday, May 16, starting at 9 a.m. Finally, USMC Cpl Charles O Palmer II Memorial Troop Support Program will hold a candle lighting ceremony for all fallen U.S. troops on Sunday, May 17, at Charles O. Palmer Jr. Park, 1495 Sephos Street from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Price: FREE Learn more at:

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Some kids attract mud, but this kind of mud will attract all kids. This year’s Lil Mud Run  at Eagal Lakes (12 West Lorenzen Road, Tracy) is a two- day event packed with fun activities beyond getting dirty in a mud. There will be a carnival with games, bouncy houses, towable ski tube and more. But the main event is still the Mud Run. The one-mile obstacle course is designed for kids older than four and younger than 13. Parents can either sit back and relax, or join their kiddos in a special family wave where they get the chance to run the course and compete with their children. So bring your own sun umbrella or beach towel and have fun day in the mud! Lil Mud Runner is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, from 8:30 a.m. Price: $45 Learn more at 

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Chocolates gone nuts! This delicious title belongs to 23rd annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival, ready to welcome you and your indulgent taste buds on Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Located at the junction of Highway 120 and 108 at Wood Park in Oakdale, there will be a ton of chocolate-themed fun waiting for you. Starting with 5K and 1 mile fun run to burn the calories (and guilt), continuing with over 200 arts and crafts vendors, the highlight of the festival is of course the Chocolate Avenue.  Fudges, truffles, chocolate ice cream, chocolate cheese cake and more will be available for purchase. There will be a variety of food to satisfy every palate, not only the chocolate lovers. Get ready to devour giant onion rings, Lockeford Sausage, funnel cakes, smoothies, Chinese food and hot dogs. Yum!  Price: $6 adults, children 12 and under FREE Learn more at:

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Have more fun this weekend!

• The Maya Angelou Library (2324 Pock Lane, Stockton) will host a tribute to Maya Angelou with music, dance and poetry on Saturday, May 16, at 1 p.m. (FREE)

• Enjoy free admission to the 27th annual Children and Youth Day at Pixie Woods (Shimizu Drive at Occidental Avenue, Stockton) along with a day of activities, games and entertainment for children and families on Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (FREE)

• Join the American Cancer Society at Lincoln Center (Benjamin Holt & Pacific Avenue, Stockton) for a pet adoption fair called Bow Wow Meow on Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

• YouTube sensation Miranda Sings will entertain you with her quirky one-woman show at the Bob Hope Theatre (242 E. Main Street, Stockton) on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m. ($27.50)

• Enjoy fresh cherries, great vendor booths, games and rides at the Linden Cherry Festival (16100 E Front Street) on Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (FREE)

• Learn about the culture that makes up our community at Celebration of Cultural Diversity at Manuel Valverde Park (15557 5th Street, Lathrop) on Saturday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (FREE)

• Join fellow wine lovers at the annual ZinFest in Lodi Lake Park (1101 W Turner Road, Lodi) and participating wineries this Friday-Sunday, May 15-17. Don’t forget, you must be at least 21 years old to attend! (Price varies)