Datebook: What's happening in our town
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Supervisors’ open house

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: 44 N. San Joaquin St., Ste. 627, in Stockton

DETAILS: San Joaquin County supervisors Carlos Villapudua, Larry Ruhstaller, Steve J. Bestolarides, Ken Vogel and Leroy Ornellas will mingle with guests during a holiday open house.

‘A Christmas Spectacular’

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Community Center, 950 East St.

DETAILS: The Tracy High School Glee Club will sing holiday tunes and perform dance routines to benefit the Becca’s Closet Tracy Chapter, which gives prom dresses to local girls who need them. Brighter Christmas will receive $2 per ticket.

COST: $12

INFO: Babette Shelton, 514.714-7482

Murder-mystery dinner theater

WHEN: 7 p.m.; repeats Saturday and Sunday and at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 and Jan. 1

WHERE: Performance Annex, 729 Central Ave.

DETAILS: E Academy for the Performing Arts will present “The Santa Clause,” a murder-mystery dinner theater performance. Actors will mingle with guests during a reception and a buffet-style meal catered by Blue Bayou Catering.

COST: $29.95, $49.95 per couple or $139.95 for a table for six; group rates available

INFO: Jack Elliott, 229-1020;; or 831-6858


‘The Nutcracker’ opens

WHEN: 1 and 6 p.m.; repeats at 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: A local favorite, this classic musical performed by Tracy’s Children’s Dance Theater sells out every year.

COST: $15 to $25

INFO: or 831-6858

Last-minute holiday shopping fair

WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Serenity Massage Studio, 1912 W. Grant Line Road

DETAILS: Many gifts will be sold at discounted prices, including beauty products, gourmet coffees and teas, handbags, massage gift certificates and more. Shoppers can play “Wellness Bingo” for $3 per game for prizes and free massages.

COST: Free admission, door prizes and refreshments

INFO: 221-6416

Mountain House holiday lights awards ceremony

WHEN: 4 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Central Community Park, 25 E. Central Parkway, in Mountain House

DETAILS: Shea Homes invites families to attend its second-year holiday lights awards ceremony. Prizes will be awarded for both the professionally judged and the people’s choice winners of the Spirit of the Holidays Home competition. The winner of the Parade of Lights Competition, which honors the village with the most community spirit, will also be announced. The winner of the competition will receive $1,000 for their school’s student programs. Santa will be available to take pictures with children.

COST: Free

INFO: 888.395-9429

Knights of Columbus dinner-dance

WHEN: Social from 6 to 7 p.m., dinner at 7, dance to follow

WHERE: Father Fleming Hall at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 163 W. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: This Christmas dinner will include rib-eye steak and more. A raffle will also take place.

COST: $20 for adults, $15 for children

INFO: Jeff Dean, 814-0093


Family Christmas service

WHEN: 10:45 a.m.

WHERE: Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2025 Holly Drive

DETAILS: All are invited for music, stories, refreshments, gifts for children and other activities.

INFO: Jessica Richmond, lead pastor, 835-5342; or


Candlelight service

WHEN: 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2025 Holly Drive

INFO: Jessica Richmond, lead pastor, 835-5342; or

Murder-mystery dinner theater

WHEN: 9 p.m.; repeats Saturday, Jan. 1

WHERE: Performance Annex, 729 Central Ave.

DETAILS: E Academy for the Performing Arts will present “The Santa Clause,” a murder-mystery dinner theater performance. Actors will mingle with guests during a reception and a buffet-style meal catered by Blue Bayou Catering. The night will close with a midnight New Year’s countdown.

COST: $29.95, $49.95 per couple or $139.95 for a table for six; group rates available

INFO: Jack Elliott, 229-1020;; or 831-6858


IPFES crab cioppino dinner

WHEN: 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner, 9 p.m. dance

WHERE: Tracy Ballroom, 400 W. Ninth St.

DETAILS: Music will be provided by Chico Avila.

COST: $35 adults, $15 children ages 6 through 12

INFO: Joe Pimentel, IPFES president, 481-2238; Robert Rocha, vice president, 321-5025; or hall office, 835-5917


Planning meeting for 1980-81 class reunion

WHEN: 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Banta Inn, 22563 Seventh St.

DETAILS: All classmates from the Tracy High School classes of 1980 and 1981 are invited to the second planning meeting for the upcoming reunion.

INFO: Jeannine Anchartechahar, 835-6547 or


Kimball booster crab feed

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. to midnight

WHERE: Portuguese Hall, 430 W. Ninth St.

DETAILS: A fundraiser dinner will benefit Kimball High School’s athletic department. The meal will feature crab, a silent auction, door prizes and more. Ticket details are at

INFO: Michael Thomas,; or Steve Anastasio,


Boy Scouts sell holiday swags

DETAILS: Local Boy Scouts from Troop 515 will sell handmade evergreen swags to help pay their way to summer camp and buy equipment for the troop.

COST: $20

INFO: Scotts Vander Ploeg, 832-9592 or

Morning, evening Bible study

WHEN: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesdays

WHERE: People of Christ Missionary Baptist Church, 11473 W. Larch Road

INFO: 833-7258

Weekly running group

WHEN: Saturday mornings

DETAILS: Runners and joggers are invited to join a new group that will meet weekly to run together. Both casual exercisers and those in training for an event are welcome. Call or e-mail for details about time and place.

INFO: Blythe Thornton, 639-2228 or

Free clothing available

DETAILS: The Because of Marcus clothing drive has clothes and shoes for those in need. Garments are available at no cost in most styles and virtually all sizes, from newborns through adults. Those interested can call or e-mail to set up a time and place to peruse and pick up items. More information can be found online at and

INFO: Jennifer Spikes, 627-0207 or

Family library activities

WHERE: Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: The Tracy library hosts weekly story times and book clubs for readers of all levels. More information is available online or at the library.


Preschool story time in Mountain House

WHEN: 2 p.m. Tuesdays

WHERE: Mountain House Branch Library, 579 Wicklund Crossing

DETAILS: Preschoolers and their families are invited for half an hour of stories, poetry, songs, fingerplays and movement.


Book club

WHEN: Second Wednesday of each month, 9 a.m.

WHERE: Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 Ninth St.

DETAILS: Each month, a title will be selected and participants will get together for coffee, snacks and a discussion of the book. Call for this month’s selection.

INFO: 831-4230

Mindfulness Meditation

WHEN: 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays; 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Fridays

WHERE: Flow Yoga Studio, 3602 Mars Way, Ste. 125

DETAILS: Guided sitting meditation and topic discussion

COST: Free; donations welcome

INFO: Silvia Kruse, 830-0405; Abhilasha, 834-1511; or

Open gymnasium

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturdays

WHERE: Seventh-day Adventist Christian School gym, corner of West 21st Street and Court Drive

DETAILS: The school opens its gym for basketball, volleyball and other games.

INFO: 835-6607

Salsa class

WHEN: 7 p.m. Mondays

WHERE: Portuguese Hall, 430 W. Ninth St.

DETAILS: Salsa instructors Christina and Dan Ocampo will host salsa classes on Mondays. Partners are not required and drop-ins are welcomed.

COST: $8

INFO: 207-9644 or

Yoga weight-loss meeting

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. Saturdays

WHERE: Flow Yoga Studio, 3602 Mars Way, Ste. 125

COST: Free

INFO: 830-0405 or

Pet adoptions

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 4 p.m. Sundays

WHERE: West Valley Mall, 3200 N. Naglee Road

DETAILS: A rescue group will have pet adoption fairs at the mall on weekends in hopes of getting more animals adopted faster. All dogs are neutered or spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, and cats are neutered or spayed and vaccinated.

COST: Cats, $75; dogs, $250

INFO: 642-4324

Animal adoption fair

WHEN: 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., first two weekends of each month

WHERE: Petsmart, 2477 Naglee Road

DETAILS: No Place Like Home Animal Rescue will have cats, kittens, dogs and puppies available to adopt. All animals are spayed or neutered before adoption and are up to date on shots.

COST: $225 for a dog, $95 for a cat

INFO: Terrence Harris, 207-3285; or

Cat adoption

WHERE: Petco, 2888 W. Grant Line Road

DETAILS: Animal Rescue of Tracy features cats for adoption continuously in its adoption center at Petco. The cats and kittens are rotated every two weeks.

COST: $75 adoption fee, which includes spay or neuter, vaccines, flea treatment and deworming

INFO: 609-8220

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