Manteca aka “The Family City” is located 76 miles East of San Francisco. It rests in the heart of California’s agricultural central valley. It was founded in 1861 by Joshua Cowell. Manteca began as a settlement of approximately 100people and has now grown to about 71,948 people estimated in 2013. It is a widely progressive town with its 62 city parks, and growing number of subdivisions, yet still manages to keep it’s small town feel. Manteca is a close knit community that relies heavily on its volunteers; from its flags around Manteca program, to the dedicated seniors that patrol the streets expecting nothing in return but a safe Manteca. And for those young at heart Manteca has created a 2 special communities that only allow residents over 55 years of age, Del Webb and Camellia Gardens, which have become very popular over the last couple of years. Also, Manteca has a senior center that stays quite busy and offers ongoing activities to seniors like spaghetti and bingo nights and Saturday breakfasts. Manteca has a diverse community enriched by people of different races, ages, beliefs, and cultures. This has all helped Manteca grow culturally, and socially, it now counts with Bass Pro Shops shopping attraction, AMC movie theaters, and a variety of retail stores and restaurants all in the same vicinity. Manteca also has something for everyone to keep a healthy lifestyle including the tidewater bikeway, BMX park, skate park, public tennis courts, Big League Dreams sports complex, Strike Zone bowling alley, Manteca Golf Course, and Manteca Sportsmen; a rural shooting range. Not to mention all of the parks and recreation activities that the city offers. Other attractions to Manteca are the semi-annual street fairs, Cinco de Mayo Festivals, Summer Farmer’s Markets, Pumpkin Path & Corn Mazes, Christmas Parade, and pretty soon the Bacon Festival by Dell’Osso Farms!! Manteca is filled with many events, activities and programs put on by special organizations like Manteca Rotary, Local Wineries, Manteca Historical Society, Central Valley Association of Realtors, and Kiwanis.