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A whole lotta shakinÕ will be goinÕ on at WintersÕ annual Earthquake Street Festival, which takes place from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday in the downtown area.

The festival offers plenty of food, friends and free entertainment.

Participants in the city of Winters after-school program will kick off this yearÕs festival, with a performance at 5 p.m. The program will feature demonstrations of a variety of activities and games, much like those offered after school all year, and children will be invited to join in the fun. Prizes will be offered for the winners.

The dancers from Studio C will take the stage at 5:30 p.m., to share the jazz and modern dance theyÕve learned during the past year, under the direction of dancer/studio owner Marissa Williams. The program will feature a tribute to Michael Jackson.

Next up: dancers and bagpipers from the McKinney School of Scottish Highland Dance, who will present traditional Scottish dance, sword dancing and piping.

At 6:15 p.m., Los Charros Los Caporales will spice things up with Mexican lariat work, ballet folklorico and mariachi music. The group, a Youth Day Parade favorite, will be led by former Winters resident Abdon Loza.

The Woodland-based Los Charros Los Caporales has practiced and performed together for four years. The ensemble demonstrates regional Mexican traditions and heritage via dancing and lariat performances.

Singer Ericka Davis will introduce her new rock band, Kiss ÕN Tell, with a performance at 7 p.m. Davis will belt out a blend of familiar favorites and original numbers.

The second annual Winters Has Talent contest will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Davis has been coaching this yearÕs contestants all summer. The group, all singers, includes Allie Griffey, Katelyn Hill, Kate Laddish, Christina Lopez, Raeann Ramos and Irene Goya Tweedt. The winner will be selected by audience reaction: whoever receives the loudest applause.

The Earthquake FestÕs primary attraction Ñ as always Ñ will be dancing in the street. The Time Bandits, festival favorites, will get everyone movinÕ and groovinÕ at 8 p.m., with a big, brassy sound and classic rock and R&B hits.

All entertainment and performances are free of charge. The rest of the street will be filled with a variety of food, crafts booths and childrenÕs activities and bounce houses, as well as one of the main draws: the Chamber of Commerce beer booth.

Beyond Main Street, many local businesses, restaurants and pubs will offer special items and activities for the hundreds of people who head downtown every year, to send summer off in style.

The Earthquake Street Festival is sponsored by the Winters Chamber of Commerce, and is one of the ChamberÕs biggest fundraisers. For additional information, call (530) 795-2329.

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