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Cinco de Mayo this weekend in Manteca
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Right in time for Cinco de Mayo, the East Union High School Sober Grad Committee is hosting a Taco Fiesta Dinner featuring all-you-can-eat tacos at the Manteca Transit Center on Friday, May 2. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the tickets are only $15 per person. For more info click go to

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Sierra High School will host a charity golf tournament at the Manteca Golf Course on Saturday, May 3, to benefit Sober Graduation and the Class of 2014. The four person scramble has a shotgun tee off at 7:30 a.m. Individual registration is $85, with a foursome at $320. This includes greens fees, cart, range balls, continental breakfast, lunch at Chez Shari, all beverages on course and a gift bag. For more details about the event click

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What are you doing this weekend?

It may be technically tres de Mayo and cuatro de Mayo this weekend, but the whole city of Manteca will celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the free annual Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce event in the Library Park, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. There will be everything from music and traditional dancers to taco trucks, beer garden, pony rides and a vintage vehicle show. Make sure you come hungry, this year the expanded two-day Cinco de Mayo celebration will feature a taco eating contest broken down by gender and age so everyone has a chance to compete. Children will have fun participating in a free piñata breaking contest and adults will enjoy colorful performances by numerous artists. Come and celebrate the American fake Mexican Independence Day (in fact the holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s victory at the Battle of Puebla in 1862) this weekend in downtown Manteca.  Price: FREE . Learn more at

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May the Fourth be with you! Sound like your type of greeting? Then you definitely shouldn’t miss May the Fourth Be With You Festival organized in Sacramento – it will be full of people sporting Star Wars costumes and wielding light sabers. The two day event will be full of fascinating activities, from Saturday’s Light Saber Combat Show and workshop complete with live re-creation of Star Wars’ epic Empire Strikes Back saber battle at noon to an art reception at the West Sacramento Community Center featuring various art works depicting the depth of the Star Wars fandom. Fans of the space opera that are 21 and over can take part in a pub crawl in Old Sacramento on Saturday and everyone can head over to the May the Fourth Be With You Convention on Sunday at 10 a.m. for live entertainment, arts, crafts, a parade and more. 

Price: $11-$28, children 12 and under free Learn more at

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Pixie Woods is back! If you were missing the “Stockton’s own fairyland,” we have some great news for you – the opening day for the 2014 season is on Saturday, May 3. You probably know all the attractions from your own childhood I – the Pixie Express Train that will take you past Frontier Town, the Pixie Queen paddle wheel boat on the lagoon or the vintage carousel. Your children will be surely entertained by the Sea Serpent Water Spray, Waking the Dragon Mystical Play or numerous puppet shows. If you have been to this magical place years ago, try to dig out your old childhood pictures and then snap your own kiddos at the same spots. Insta-winner! Pixie Woods is located at Louis Park West on Monte Diablo Avenue and the park will be open every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.  Price: $4 (admission only) – $12 (admission and unlimited rides)  Learn more at

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The weather is getting better and better! It’s so good, that you should definitely take advantage of it and go watch a beautiful California sunset on a deck from the cruise boat during the 3rd annual “Who Loves Ya Stockton” Bargain Sunset Dinner & Fireworks Cruise on Saturday, May 3, at Downtown Stockton Marina. At first you will eat a delicious Mexican inspired dinner – the cruise is just days away from Cinco de Mayo – at Nena’s Delights’ Patio, just steps from the boat. You will board the “California Sunset” at 7:30 p.m. and cruise for two hours, enjoying the pleasant weather and marina breeze (pack a light jacket; it may get cold after the sun sets). If you are more of a breakfast person and would prefer to watch the sun rise as you enjoy your morning coffee, you can head over to Stockton on Sunday for the Sunday Breakfast and Delta Cruise. You will be treated to ham-bacon-eggs style breakfast with Chorizo, fried potatoes, refried beans and free flowing mimosas again at Nena’s Delights and board the cruise ship at 11 a.m. The cruise will take about two hours. Don’t forget about sunscreen!

Price: $39 + tax Learn more at


Have more fun this weekend!

• Theatre lovers will enjoy the performance of “Twelfth Night, or What You Will” as part of the Shakespeare Under The Stars series at the CSU Stanislaus Amphitheater in Turlock on Thursday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m.

• Poets will gather at the First Annual MoST Poetry Center Benefit at the Barkin’ Dog Grill, celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Second Tuesday Poetry Series at the Barkin’ Dog, on Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m.

• Sip and taste (and shop) your way downtown Lodi at the Lodi Street Faire on Sunday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Stockton will celebrate El Concilio’s Cinco de Mayo Family Festival at the Weber Point Event Center on Sunday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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