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Downtown antique fairs in Ripon & Tracy
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Ripon’s 1st Antique Fair will take place on Saturday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Main Street Downtown Ripon. All proceeds go to Ripon Historical Society. There will be antiques, primitives and vintage signs for sale. For more info go to

More than 100 vendors will be present selling handmade craft items, antiques and more during Tracy’s Antiques and Crafts Faire on Sunday, June 1, in downtown Tracy. Admission is free and there also will be kids’ craft-making stations, food and beverages. For more info go to

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What are you doing this weekend?

Ever since California Chrome won the 2014 Kentucky Derby, watching animals race has never been more fun. They don’t even have to be real, and floating rubber duckies (for a good cause) seem to be exciting enough for the whole family to spend a day in Stockton and watch them race during the 1st annual Child Abuse Prevention Council Ducky Derby on Saturday, May 31, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Weber Point Event Center. Thousands of individually numbered rubber ducks will bob through the watercourse in a race to the finish. You can adopt your duck (or ducks) in person or online at with all proceeds from the event and race benefiting the CAPC of San Joaquin County. There will be prizes awarded to the first 10 rubber duckies crossing the finish line, so remember your numbers! Ducky Derby is an event for the whole family, with kids focused activities and food. 

Price: FREE (you can adopt a duck for $5) Learn more at

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Everybody knows about California 49ers, but what about the 52ers? Columbia State Historic Park is once again offering a glimpse into the past with a peek at life in a gold digging encampment back in 1852. More than 150 volunteers help recreate this time in history by living the life of a hard-working miners, merchants, saloon owners or entertainers. Not only you can look at how they lived, you can also try to be one of them. There will be hands-on activities such as baking bread in an outdoor oven, washing laundry the old-fashioned way or mining for gold – aren’t you happy you have appliances doing it for you? Later take in a theater performance or watch the blacksmith, and don’t forget to take a sip of sarsaparilla, everything courtesy of Friends of Columbia State Historic Park. Columbia Diggins Tent Town 1852 is open from Thursday, May 29, to Sunday, June 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Price: Adults $5, children 12 and under $1 Learn more at

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It’s the movie everyone is waiting for, being in the works for almost two years. And it’s finally here. Maleficent opens on Friday! Angelina Jolie has been teasing us with her sharp cheekbones, precisely applied make-up, dark horns and sly, tempting gaze from the pages of the magazine and it’s time to return her the gaze while she performs on the silver screen. But beware; this is not your typical Disney movie. Maleficent is a dark fantasy, and the heroine with the catchy nickname “Mistress of all Evil” is everything but a sweet innocent Goldilocks princess looking for the love of her life. No, Maleficent is about the evil queen from the perspective of the evil queen, Angelina Jolie herself. With Lana Del Rey performing Once Upon a Dream, and cameo by Vivienne Jolie Pitt, this move is a sure must-see this year. Price: Varies 

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Who is craving some fresh, juicy apricots? They are in season this month in Patterson, home of the famous Patterson Apricot Fiesta. Everything starts on Friday, May 30, with the Fiesta Booth at the Center Plaza and food booths at South Park. Children games are held at North Park and at 6 p.m. they can participate at the Little Mr./Miss Contest at the Circle Stage. The same stage will see the winner of the Miss Patterson Pageant later that night. If you want to skip the first day of festivities and head to Patterson on Saturday, May 31, you will still have plenty to do. Downtown parade starts at 9:30 a.m., entertainment, street fair and food booths open immediately after. Arm wrestling contest starts at 1 p.m. and fireworks will be after dusk. Same thing goes for Sunday, June 1, when the Patterson Apricot Fiesta will finish with a bang during an Apricot Pie Eating Contest at 2:15 p.m. See you there!

Price: FREE Learn more at

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You are not supposed to reveal a lady’s age, but in the case of Liz, we can make an exception. Liz is going to be 50! And she surely does not mind us spilling the beans, because Liz is an Asian elephant at the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, and she probably does not even know it’s her birthday. But people celebrate it and that’s why the park decided to throw her a big birthday celebration to celebrate the half-century of her life. The party will take three days, from Friday, May 30, until Sunday, June 1, and the birthday lady will be present for three special demonstrations. On Friday she will receive a giant birthday cake made out of some tasty elephant-sized treats (11:30 a.m.), on Saturday and Sunday she will get more treats and toys starting at 1 p.m. The elephant demonstration show will be at 3:30 p.m. each day. If you stop by, don’t forget to sign a giant birthday card for Liz and donate to the IEF to be eligible to win a painting by the birthday lady herself. Price: $42.99 Learn more at

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Have more fun this weekend!

u Jim Anderson & The Rebels will perform at Beard Park in Waterford on Friday, May 30, at 5 p.m. (FREE) 

u Get down and dirty during Dell’Osso Mud Run on the Farm on Saturday, May 31, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ($45 - $75) 

u Enjoy delicious bagels with lox during the 41st annual Temple Israel Jewish Food Fair & Festival in Stockton on Sunday, June 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (FREE)


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