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What You Need to Know This Week: Free Lunch for Kids, Rib Eating Contest, County Fair

A free summer lunch program begins, UCPD and Alameda County Fire Department face off in a rib-eating contest and the Alameda County Fair kicks off this week.

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  • Union City Leisure Services is hosting a free summer lunch program, beginning June 20 and lasting through Aug. 12. The program will be held at various youth program locations throughout Union City in conjunction with the Union City Lions Club. Children 18 and under are eligible for free and healthy lunches on weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. The program is opened for registered members of Leisure Services programs, as well as children who wish to drop in for lunch only, according to a press release. Lunches will include a sandwich, fruit, carrots, a cookie and milk. For more information, please call the Union City Leisure Services at 510-675-5808
  • Members of the Union City Police Department will face off against Alameda County firefighters to see who's the fastest and the best...at eating ribs. At 5 p.m. Monday at , teams of three from each department will chew through a half-slab of ribs each to help raise funds to support the New Haven Unified School District. The public is invited to attend and watch the food fight. For more details, click .
  • The kicks off Wednesday at the county fairgrounds in Pleasanton. The event promises deep-fried fun, with fried jellybeans and the world's largest cheeseburger, along with horse races, carnival rides and more. Find out what else in store, along with hours, ticket prices and parking information, .
  • As it does every Thursday, hosts its , featuring flash games that pay as much as $1,199. Dinner is free for all participants. This week is the special Bingo Anniversary and features a tri-tip dinner. For more information, visit the SDES Alvarado website.
  • With Relay for Life inching closer, participants continue to hold fundraisers. Mountain Mike's Pizza holds its from 3 p.m. to close. Twenty percent of all orders will go toward the relay. As well, the "Sisters of the Heart" relay team will hold from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will feature everything from trinkets to furniture. You can also drop by for a quick bite; for a $3 donation, visitors will receive a hot dog, chips and water. For more information about the yard sale, contact organizer Linda Anaya at linda.anaya@sbcglobal.net.

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