Tracy Celebrates Children

Local children enjoyed free activities at various places around town during Tracy Celebrates Children 2016. 

Some new businesses are joining the communitywide effort Tracy Celebrates Children — a day of fun and life lessons for young people on Wednesday.

Tracy Celebrates Children was organized in 2011 by the friends and family of the late Sandra Cantu — an 8-year-old Tracy girl who was murdered in 2009. The group wanted to turn Sandra’s birthday week into an annual opportunity to not only celebrate local kids, but also offer safety tips for children and their families.

Founder and organizer Janet Anderson said three new businesses joined the effort this year. Royal Gymnastics & Sports Academy, 2151 N. Tracy Blvd., will let kids play in their gym from 11 a.m. to noon. SweetArts, 1020 B St., will host Ravioli the Clown and give away free cupcakes to kids 12 and younger between 3 and 5 p.m. Castro Martial Arts, 450 W. Larch Road, Ste. 7, will give a class on martial arts for stranger awareness from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

They join returning participants including West Valley Bowl, 2365 East St., and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, 1888 W. 11th St.

“That’s probably the most rewarding,” Anderson said Wednesday, talking about the Tracy businesses that get involved. “They’re excited about it. Every year, they come back. The entertainers, the businesses, they come back. What a special community we live in.”

A full list of the 17 locations and 24 businesses that are offering free fun and safety tips for families is available at www.tracycelebrateschildren.com.

Contact the Tracy Press at tpnews@tracypress.com or 835-3030.

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