Datebook lists upcoming events and items of interest for residents of Escalon, Farmington, Collegeville and the surrounding area.
Sign-ups are being taken now for a bus trip to Black Oak Casino, planned for Saturday, Oct. 17 by the Escalon Historical Society. The bus will leave the Escalon Shopping Center at 9 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $25 and includes $10 in free play, $5 match play, and a food discount. Call Cathy at 838-1777 or the Escalon Historical Museum at 838-8070 to reserve your seat by Monday, Oct. 5.
***** The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer a presentation entitled “The Search for Life in the Universe: Are We Truly Alone” by Lynn J. Rothschild, an astrobiologist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center. The free event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Center on Modesto Junior College’s West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto.
***** The San Joaquin Valley Swiss Echoes, a singing and yodeling club in Ripon, is having its annual fall concert and dance on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Swiss Hall in Ripon, on the corner of Manley and East Main streets. They are having a “Cabaret Night” with a variety of singing and entertainment, followed by dancing to the tunes of Ron Scheiber Mitchell Gander Orchestra. Admission to the concert and dance is $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
***** Team “Nuts for Life” is getting an early start on fundraising for next year’s Relay For Life in Escalon, hosting a Bunco fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 23 starting at 6 p.m. Bunco, along with a raffle and potato bar, will be hosted at the Escalon United Methodist Church, 2000 Jackson Ave., Escalon. Cost is $20 per ticket. For more information or to get your tickets, contact Suzanne Longstreth at 8382891, Sandy Bomer at 8452647 or any “Nuts for Life” team member.
***** McHenry Mansion Foundation will stage its Table Setting Event on Oct. 26 and 27 at the Seasons Event Center, 945 McHenry Ave., Modesto. Preview Day will be Monday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is a $10 donation at the door and includes coffee, tea or punch and cookies while you view the decorated tables. Luncheon Day on Tuesday, Oct. 27 will feature the display of tables, a lunch served at noon, with the doors open at 10:30 a.m. and no host beverages during the event. Reservations for lunch, paid by Oct. 12, will be $40 and after that time, the price is $45. For reservations, call Barbara at 209-575-9615. For information, call Sylvia at 209-606-7948.
***** Mark your calendar now for the upcoming annual Holiday Bazaar, hosted at the Escalon United Methodist Church, 2000 Jackson Ave., Escalon. This year marks the 20th anniversary year of the bazaar, which will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church. Handmade crafts, gifts and holiday items, needlework, opportunity quilt, wood crafts, homemade jams/jellies and frozen ready-to-bake homemade pies will all be available. Enjoy a soup/pie lunch for $7 at the event as well. For more information, call 838-2792.
***** The Oakdale Grange hosts a Bunko Nite at 30 Lambuth Ave., Oakdale, corner of West F Street and Lambuth Avenue every second Friday of the month. The fun runs from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Donation is $10 per person; snacks and drinks are free. All are invited to come, have fun, meet new friends and win prizes. Bunko is easy to learn and fun to play; even if you have never played before, come check out the next Bunko Nite, coming up Oct. 9. For more information, contact Michelle at 838-7421 or Pat at 5568524.
***** ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in the local community. ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world. Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their ‘American Adventure.’ For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, call the Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email them at asseusawest@asse. com.
***** Ever wanted to travel to Mardi Gras? Now is the perfect time to start planning a trip to New Orleans. Nine Escalon couples went to Mardi Gras in 2012 and, according to trip participant Art Rossetti, they are hoping to do it again. Anyone interested in learning more about the trip can contact Art Rossetti for dates, cost and details. The trip is not associated with any travel agency and is not a for-profit venture. He can be reached at 209-589-0770 for more information or by email; email@example.com.