Kite festival returns to Mountain House
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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A rainbow of colors is expected to fill the sky over Central Park in Mountain House, when kites of all shapes and sizes take flight during the eighth annual Kite Run and Festival on Saturday, June 8.

Coordinators of the event are anticipating big attendance numbers for Mountain House’s most popular community event of the year, said Morgan Groover, community development manager.

About 6,000 people came in 2008, but attendance dropped down to 2,000 in 2009, according to Groover.

“It’s kind of our signature event, every one enjoys it,” Groover said. “I’m hoping for 4,000 to 5,000 people (this year).”

Kicking off the day at 8 a.m. is the Mountain House Kite Run — which includes a quarter-mile fun run for children under 12, and the annual 5K and 10K runs which each start at 8:30 a.m.

The Mountain House Flag Football League — a non-profit group — is sponsoring the runs this year.

All runs begin at the park and loop around the Mountain House Creek Park. Fees include $30 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K. The children’s run is free.

Park activities will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. in the park located at 25 E. Main St.

In the southern field of the park, residents of all ages will be able to fly a kite that they brought or purchased at the park. The eastern baseball diamond will be the site of kite demonstrations by Kite Wranglers.

Groover said the kids fun zone will consist of bouncy houses, a dunk tank, face painting and clowning fun by Sparkles and Ravioli. A kite-making crafts booth sponsored by Hills Physicians Medical Group will be setup, and food vendors will be on site.

There will also be entertainment by local performers, including Maame Afon and Starlight Dance Studio, during the entire event.

“Our goal is to have family-type stuff,” Groover said. “This is our Tracy Bean Festival, or our Stockton Asparagus Festival, and the locals enjoy that.”

According to Andy Su, president of the flag football league, the Mountain House Community Service District Board of Directors typically designates town funds to sponsor the runs. However, this year the board cut the funding because the town was “losing thousands of dollars” in previous years as the event coordinator. Su is also a member of the board of directors.

During the past seven years, the adult races averaged 129 runners, Su said. This year, the race has close to 330 pre-registered runners and Su expects numbers to reach about 400 by race day.

“This year, we decided to take it over and do a much better job with it,” he said. “All the proceeds from the race will go back into the youth sports in Mountain House.”

Unique to the race this year is free T-shirts to all pre-registered participants, and medals to the 5K and 10K finishers. Ribbons will be given to children who complete the fun run.

For information: www.ci.mountainhouse.ca.us.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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backinblack
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June 07, 2013
Mr. Crap, I don't need to read anything again. This is a positive article about a positive event which brings people together in a positive environment and promotes good health, and oh yea, it also helps kids.

How about leaving your politics and complaining to another place & time. Since when is it a bad idea to cut spending if you are losing money? Bad news maybe, but a negative comment? Hardly.
backinblack
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June 07, 2013
"Because no one cares about MH"

Really? No one? And your empirical data for this rather strong sounding assertion comes from?

"I don't give a flying crap about some rinky dink town I don't live in."

Nice, slipping back into the old amlee persona?

With the screen name LoveMyLifeMore shouldn't you be a happer person? Although I give you credit for cleaning up the foul language you oft times used as amlee, your comments remain almost 100% negative. That's your right and as long as they're within TP's guidelines everything is skippy but again I ask, why so negative all the time?

In addition, after all your years of griping about scumbags, losers, et al, you are finally getting out of this hell hole city & state so why do you care at this point? How about just quietly riding off into greener pastures and leave the rest of us to our own devices?

I sincerely hope your new digs wherever they may be brings you into a more positive place to where you can lose what seems to be constant unhappiness - at least at times when you're typing comments on this site.

IMHO
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June 07, 2013
Thanks BIB, well said.
backinblack
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June 05, 2013
A positive story brings negative comments, sad.



Giving the choice between the police log or this story LMLM would choose the police log, sad.

The police log puts on display the actions of the dregs of society and brings forth comments which contain in many instances foul language, ghetto speak, and people convicting the accused before they receive their due process, sad.

This story is about what sounds like a pretty good event which promotes health, helps youth sports, and get's people together in a positive & fun environment. How about looking at it for the positive thing it is? How about saying we need more stories like this?

Ok, I've thrown in my two cents so let the negativity resume.



crap1210
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June 05, 2013
backinblack,

You need to read the story one more time. Looks like the negative comments came from Andy Su. The Board cut the funding for the event because they were loosing thousands...Typical...seems like a conflict of interest to me. Andy Su is also one of the main drivers behind the public safety cuts for Mountain House...Lets get rid of the Sherriff and hire security guards! really Andy Su?

Ornley_Gumfudgen
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June 05, 2013
Typically a board of directors consists of several people an not just one. Fer C1210's statement ta be valid some facts as ta how th entire board voted ta cut th fundin would be necessary. What were th decidin factors here?

He an they may have really had no other alternative cus th article plainly states, "However, this year the board cut the funding because the town was “losing thousands of dollars” in previous years as the event coordinator." Meanin th entire town is th event coordinator an not just one person.

If th City of Tracy was sponsorin such an event an loosin thousands of dollars in th effort, I am quite shore Parks an Recreation if not City Council would cut th fundin. That's normal city business an not just someone bein mean fer th fun of it.

Services need ta be paid fer an if th citizens don't pay fer it or it don't pay fer itself then those services need ta be cut ta avoid citywide bankruptcy.

I agree with BIB, it's a positive article an people want ta just focus on th negative an scorn people, like they seem elated ta do in th police logs.

It's good ta know what happened but ta tear inta people's lives without knowin all th facts ain't good.

Ornley_Gumfudgen
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June 07, 2013
LuvMyLifeMore

"Because I want to know what is going on around here. I don't give a flying crap about some rinky dink town I don't live in."

It's apparent frum yer comment ya don't comprehend, like many media outlets in our nation, th Tracy Press also serves th Mountain House community as well as other small communities around Tracy.

It may surprise ya ta learn that papers like th San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune an San Francisco Examiner are read by an cover news stories originating in places other than the City in which they are published or named on their paper's Masthead.

In short, th Tracy Press serves more than just th Tracy Community. Get use ta it cause it ain't gonna change, it's just th way it is.

Now if ya want ta start up yer own newspaper, be my guest an I wish ya well in yer endeavor.

Question, is your world so small that it only considers what is happening in the Tracy community?

crap1210
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June 05, 2013
How about a story on the services that may get cut out in Mountain House. The new City Manager wants to cut the Mountain House fire department staffing level and ALS service. It appears that $300,000 needs to be cut from the budget so what better way to do that by going after the fire department. I cant make the kite flying event, but can tell you who can go and fly a kite!
mthouseman
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June 06, 2013
lmlm...you know what they say about necessity is the mother of invention. If you want news about tracy, start your own damn newspaper.
IMHO
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June 07, 2013
c1210, I think I know who you are. You seem to speak only half the story and half the truth all the time. Haven't you learned by now - nobody is buying it. Just go on and live your life and stop complaining because things didn't go your way.


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