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Enjoy Flapjacks, Lockeford sausage & asparagus dishes
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Eat out and support a good cause!  APPLEBEE’S is hosting a FLAPJACK FUNDRAISER on Saturday, April 5, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the 1272 E. Yosemite Avenue restaurant in Manteca as a fundraiser for the Manteca-Lathrop-Escalon-Ripon Community Council of United Way of San Joaquin with proceeds benefitting local charities. Tickets are $5. Yummy! 

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The biggest event of the spring season is here! Crossroads Street Faire is returning to downtown Manteca and you should be there to enjoy it all. The smell of Lockeford Sausage and kettle corn in the air down Yosemite Avenue, sounds of children squealing from joy at the numerous attractions at the Kids Zone staged at Library Park, and sights of rows full of merchandise in booths of over 300 vendors spread throughout downtown creating an event you shouldn’t miss. The fair will celebrate its 18th year with hand-made crafts, food, car show, entertainment and of course, free admission. The 18th annual Crossroads Street Faire is Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Manteca. Price: FREE Learn more at

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Hit the Streets for Hunger! And yes, we mean literally – hit the pavement of Manteca with your running shoes and keep hitting until you reach the finish line during a fun run on Saturday, April 5. The run is being organized by the Second Harvest Food Bank in conjunction with the Crossroads Street Faire and you already know the purpose – to use your registration fee to stomp out hunger. Wake up early, because registration begins at the corner of Elm and Center streets at 7 a.m. The actual run covers the Tidewater Bike Path between Center Street and Northgate Drive in north Manteca. The top finishers in each race and in each category will receive their awards at the gazebo in Library Park at 10 a.m. See you there! Price: $25 Learn more at

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Festival weather is definitely in the air because Stockton will celebrate everything green at the Stockton Earth Day Festival at Victory Park (behind the Haggin Museum) on Saturday, April 5. Start your day with yoga at the park at 10 a.m. with hundreds of other enthusiasts. A lively blend of music, dance and activities will follow at 11. There will be plenty of a informative booths at the festival teaching you new ways to a healthier, more sustainable and green lifestyle. Join the fun by simply being green. For example, donate slightly used clothes at the Gospel Center Rescue Mission booth or donate canned or boxed foods to the Stockton Emergency Food Bank. A fun activity each year is the Family Fun Bike Ride. It’s free, you will get snacks and a drink and you can also win a prize for the best decorated bike! Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.; the 1.5-mile family ride will start at 11.  Learn more at

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Oak Grove Regional Park will again turn into an amateur observatory this weekend as members of the Stockton Astronomical Society will be there with their telescopes for a monthly public viewing. Take your little ones who love science and reaching for the stars, and don’t forget about the crafty youngsters! The Nature Center is finally open (it’s closed November through March) and will offer indoor astronomy themed activities for big and small children. Telescope viewing will start after sunset and the darker the sky, the more objects you will be able to see. This month’s center of attention will be Jupiter, Orion Nebula, the Pleiades and Deep Sky Objects M81 and M82. And weather permitting bring a blanket or a picnic basket full of food for a romantic date under the stars. Price: $6 for parking. Learn more at

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Asparagus lovers unite! Stockton’s most famous locally grown spear – asparagus – will be featured in appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks at restaurants throughout the city. And yes, you read it correctly, there will be sweet desserts and delicious drinks made from asparagus. The actual festival honoring this tasty vegetable may start in about three weeks, but the whole town is getting green with envy over this fabulous produce being showcased in so many restaurants. From asparagus ravioli to asparagus enchiladas to asparagus martinis and margaritas – anything asparagus is possible. Get your taste buds ready because the Great Stockton Asparagus Dine Out starts on April 5 and there are more than 20 participating restaurants. Will you try them all? Price: Varies. Learn more at


Have more fun this weekend!

• Enjoy the heavy blues rock band The Midnight Ghost Train at The Brewhouse at Hero’s in Modesto tonight at 8:30 p.m.

• Dream to the tunes of Annabella Lwin (of Bow Wow Wow) at The Brewhouse at Hero’s in Modesto on Saturday, April 5, at 8 p.m.

• Explore the real country with Willie Nelson at the Turlock Community Theatre on Sunday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m.


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