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Black History Month mixer in Tracy Feb. 4

Black History Month mixer in Tracy Feb. 4

TRACY - The Tracy African American Association (TAAA) will host a Black History Month mixer on Friday, Feb. 4 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the E Gallery and Performance Annex, located at 729 Central Avenue (next to Grant Theatre Center).

The event is free and open to the public. Mix and mingle while enjoying good company, entertaining music, refreshing libations, appetizers and a silent auction of delightful works of art. In addition, a raffle will be held of an original black and white photo taken in Haiti just after the Jan. 2010 earthquake.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the TAAA Wayne Nelson Academic Scholarship program. TAAA has awarded more than $56,000 in college scholarship grants to date.

For more information, email Toni Beckham at pr@taaa.net.

Townsend Opera’s Keep the Arts Alive

RIPON - Friends, keep the arts alive. The Townsend Opera Company (TOP) is a very strong and vibrant company and the board is wishing to keep it this way. All the board members are part of this board because they believe in this company, not for the status of being a board member. That is why we embark on this campaign. Each board member was asked to raise at least $2,000 and all the board members have stepped up and have done an incredible job. They have asked all their friends to donate $25 to $1,000, whatever they can afford to make amazing campaign succeed. We are only $15,000 away from accomplishing this goal. I ask anyone reading this to please step up and help us meet our goal.

Our goal was to raise $60,000 by February 1st. With your help, we are confident we can achieve our goal.

The Board of Directors of TOP embarked on this campaign because we believe the arts and in particular, opera is important to our community.

Magic show comes to Ripon library

Magic show comes to Ripon library

RIPON - On Thursday, Feb. 10 beginning at 3:30 p.m., the Ripon Branch Library, located at 333 West Main Street, will present Magician Brian Scott's "Access to Oddities," a show combining magic, comedy and pure fun.

Scott has spent a lifetime being intrigued by the bizarre and strange world of magic, and has collected entertaining oddities from around the world. He creates an experience that allows the audience to not only see, but also partake in these strange occurrences. During the show, Scott will twist your reality, proving that the most peculiar oddities are sometimes hidden in plain sight.

The event is free and is provided by the Friends of the Ripon Memorial Library. For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or visit the library's website.

Children's book clubs held at Ripon library

RIPON - The Ripon Branch Library will begin accepting sign-ups for the Children's Beginning Readers Book Club on Tuesday, Feb. 1. The book club meetings will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 22 and run weekly until March 22.

The Easy Reader Book Club starts at 3:30 p.m. and the Step Up Club starts at 4 p.m. Each club lasts about an hour. First through fourth graders are invited to sign up for either the Easy Reader or Step Up Clubs.

Participating children will check out a different book each week, read it at home and gather in groups the following week to discuss the books they've read. Both book clubs will feature a snack and an activity or craft.

Please sign up in advance at the library located at 333 West Main Street. The free program is made available by the Friends of Ripon Memorial Library.

For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or visit the library's website.

Manteca library presents 'Amazing Anime Movie Show'

MANTECA - The Manteca Branch Library will present the Amazing Anime Movie Show on Monday, Jan. 31 at 3:30 p.m.

Come enjoy some of the most popular anime with your friends. The library, located at 320 West Center Street, will provide refreshments as well as manga versions of your favorite anime titles.

This free event is provided through the generosity of the Friends of the Manteca Library. For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or visit the library's website.