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Celebrate Tracy's Children citywide event March 8

Celebrate Tracy's Children citywide event March 8

TRACY - On Tuesday, March 8, an event will be held in honor of the memory of Sandra Cantu on the date of her birth. Cantu was kidnapped and killed by a family acquaintance in Tracy in April 2009.

"Celebrating Tracy's Children" will take begin at 10 a.m. and end around 8 p.m. featuring various activities, participating business specials and events around the city. All of the events are free and open to the public.

Almond Blossom Festival kicks off Thursday

Almond Blossom Festival kicks off Thursday

RIPON - The 49th Annual Ripon Almond Blossom Festival festivities kick off Thursday, Feb. 24 with $1.00 ride night starting at 5 p.m. at Mistlin Sports Park at the carnival.

The festival gates officially open on Friday, Feb. 25 starting at 12 p.m. where there will be tons of vendors, food, live entertainment and more importantly fun!

The whole weekend is full of festival activities including two breakfasts on Saturday, Ripon Grange #511 and VFW Pancake Breakfast along with the Almond Blossom Parade downtown starting at 11 a.m.

For more information on the 49th Annual Ripon Almond Blossom Festival contact the Ripon Chamber of Commerce at (209) 599-7519 or visit www.riponchamber.org.

Local mom starts support group for hydrocephalus

Local mom starts support group for hydrocephalus

TRACY - Since Joey Chavez’s diagnosis with hydrocephalus, the 8-year-old has had nine brain surgeries, starting at age 2. The most recent was Dec. 9, when he had a shunt replaced at Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland.

His mother, Kim Ruiz, impressed with her son’s fortitude, has turned their shared experience into motivation to help others with the same condition.

Joey has had three shunts, a procedure in which a doctor skillfully guides a catheter through the brain matter, Ruiz explained, to combat the fluid that builds up inside his brain cavities.

Manteca library to hold '1,2,3 Draw' event March 16

Manteca library to hold '1,2,3 Draw' event March 16

MANTECA - On Wednesday, March 16 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., the Manteca Branch Library will host 1, 2, 3, Draw, a program for children on how to draw fun things by utilizing basic shapes, colors and age-appropriate techniques.

The 11 a.m. event is for 4-6 year olds and the 4 p.m. program is for older children. Sign-ups are available at the library's information desk. The event if free and open to the public.

The library is located at 320 West Center Street. For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or visit the library's website.

Cinematic Treasures Series presents 'King Kong'

Cinematic Treasures Series presents 'King Kong'

TRACY - The Cinematic Treasures Series at Grand Theatre will bring 22 of those unforgettable and timeless movies back for all to enjoy. The next movie is "King Kong" (1976) on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. The Grand presents two to three films each month for $4 per person, so the whole family can enjoy a classic movie on a Sunday afternoon.

Here's a list of the remaining movies and dates:

"North by Northwest"
February 20, 2011

"Ocean’s 11" (1960)
March 6, 2011

"The Great Escape"
March 20, 2011

"Support Your Local Sheriff"
March 27, 2011

"West Side Story"
May 8, 2011

"An American in Paris"
May 22, 2011

The Grand Theatre for Performing Arts is located at 715 Central Avenue. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the box office, by phone at (209) 831-6858 or online at www.atthegrand.org.

Take the kids to 'Dangerous Dinos' live show Feb. 12

Take the kids to 'Dangerous Dinos' live show Feb. 12

TRACY - Come experience the live show "Dangerous Dinos" that will thrill and educate all ages at the Grand Theatre for the Arts, 715 Central Avenue, on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

Dangerous only to those who would harm our planet, three dinosaurs have a mission to be earth-friendly, resist violence, and follow the four D's "Dinos Don't Do Drugs!" Adventuresome teenager Ty Rex, Rocko Gecko, and spunky Bubby are on a quest to wipe out drugs and teach everyone to be good to themselves and others.

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Grand Theatre's box office, by phone at (209) 831-6858 or online at www.atthegrand.org.

Manteca library presents Paws 4 Reading on Saturdays

MANTECA - The Manteca Branch Library, located at 320 West Center Street, will host Paws 4 Reading on Saturdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. each day. Therapy dogs will be available in the library on Saturdays from 2 - 4 p.m.

Children are invited to bring a book or select one from the library's collection to read with one of the dogs. They can take turns reading one-on-one with a canine friend. The dogs' owners will assist as needed.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or visit the library's website.