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Date­book lists up­com­ing events and items of in­ter­est for res­i­dents of Escalon, Farm­ing­ton, Col­legeville and the sur­round­ing area.

Help with income tax prepa­ra­tion for low to mod­er­ate income res­i­dents is avail­able each Wednesday at the Escalon Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. Just a cou­ple of Wed­nes­days re­main in the pro­gram. Karen Corey, who helps over­see the se­nior meal pro­gram there, also runs the tax as­sis­tance pro­gram at the se­nior site each Wednesday af­ter­noon from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; by ap­point­ment only. Call ahead to make an ap­point­ment, 209-783-VITA (8482).

***** YES (Youth En­ter­tain­ment Stage) Com­pany is seek­ing stu­dents in grades 7-12, to be ac­tors, singers, dancers, and crew mem­bers for the pro­duc­tion of “Foot­loose,” to be per­formed at the Gallo Cen­ter for the Arts, July 21 through 30. No ex­pe­ri­ence or prepa­ra­tion is nec­es­sary and all au­di­tion ma­te­ri­als will be pro­vided. A local au­di­tion is sched­uled for Thursday, March 30 at 6 p.m., at the Oak­dale High School Theatre, Oak­dale.

***** Satur­day, April 1 is the date for the Escalon Fair Boost­ers an­nual din­ner, dance and auc­tion. Fes­tiv­i­ties are planned at the Escalon Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. The fes­tiv­i­ties be­gin at 5:30 p.m., with din­ner at 7 p.m., fol­lowed by danc­ing un­til mid­night fea­tur­ing the music of the local band Rem­edy. Ticket prices are $40 pre-sale or $45 at the door per per­son. For tick­ets, con­tact Ted Langum at 209838-2011 or Karie Hearn at 1-408-489-9705. The Boost­ers event ben­e­fits Escalon 4-H and FFA stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in agri­cul­tural projects.

***** Sched­uled for Satur­day, April 8, the Love Escalon com­mu­nity ser­vice work day will kick off with an 8 a.m. rally at the city’s Main Street Park. Vol­un­teers are still be­ing sought for sev­eral projects and a num­ber of local churches are co­op­er­at­ing in the ef­fort. For more in­for­ma­tion about how to get in­volved, visit the Love Escalon web­site at Projects are sched­uled to start about 9 a.m. and work should be com­pleted no later than noon. ***** A fundrais­ing night to ben­e­fit the Re­lay For Life of Escalon will be hosted at D’Boni’s Pizza in Escalon on Wednesday, April 26 be­tween 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Men­tion that you’re there for Re­lay For Life and a por­tion of the pro­ceeds will be do­nated to the local event. D’Boni’s Pizza is at 2249 Jackson Ave., Escalon. Also, the eighth an­nual Ride The Rails For Re­lay event on the Niles Canyon Railway is set for Satur­day, April 29, with three dif­fer­ent de­par­ture times avail­able. Con­tact Gerri An­drade for in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets, 209324-6947 or email at gmagerri@sbc­ Teams are still be­ing sought for the Re­lay it­self; the next meet­ing is sched­uled for Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Escalon Am­bu­lance Sta­tion on Ull­rey Av­enue.

***** San Joaquin County Se­nior Aware­ness Day has been sched­uled for Wednesday, May 24 this year. Events will be hosted at the San Joaquin County Fair­grounds and run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Theme for the day will be the Fab­u­lous 50’s and there will be food, en­ter­tain­ment, a clas­sic car show, well­ness walk, se­nior art show, Bingo, a va­ri­ety of ex­hibitors and more, in ad­di­tion to mul­ti­ple fun give­aways. Escalon city of­fi­cials are ask­ing those plan­ning to at­tend to call Escalon City Hall at 209-691-7410; leave your name, how many in your party and a con­tact phone num­ber.

***** A spe­cial Mother’s Day Tea will be pre­sented at the McHenry Man­sion in Modesto on Satur­day, May 13. The Tea Lun­cheons have been a tra­di­tion for many local fam­i­lies and ben­e­fit the Man­sion Foun­da­tion in main­tain­ing this his­tor­i­cal lo­ca­tion. McHenry Man­sion is at 906 15th St., Modesto and two seat­ings are planned for the May 13 event. The first will be at 11 a.m.; the sec­ond at 1:30 p.m. Tick­ets are $30 per per­son; call for reser­va­tions at (209) 522-1739 by May 5. ***** River­bank wel­comes the REO Speech­train Toastmasters Club for reg­u­lar meet­ings ev­ery Wednesday morn­ing, 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., at Perko’s Cafe, Patterson and Oak­dale roads, River­bank. This is a fun way to learn the self-con­fi­dence and skills needed for public speak­ing. All are in­vited to come and check out the group. The next meet­ing will be Wednesday, April 5. For more in­for­ma­tion, call (209) 869-8200.

***** The Sonora Writ­ers Group will host a series of Writ­ers Work­shops be­gin­ning April 15 at the Tuolumne County Library in Sonora. The first of the two part series, “Suc­cess­ful Self Mar­ket­ing” will be led by local au­thor Sandy Lee. The work­shop is from 10 a.m. to noon on Satur­day, April 15. The public is in­vited, there is no fee and re­fresh­ments will be served. It is rec­om­mended to call for reser­va­tions, Sonora Writ­ers Group 209-7438097.

***** Knights Ferry His­tory Mu­seum and As­so­ciates have joined with the Army Corps of En­gi­neers to host the 27th An­nual Gold Coun­try Ped­dlers Faire on Sun­day, April 23. The event will be hosted at the Stanis­laus River Park, on Cov­ered Bridge Road, Knights Ferry, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A large se­lec­tion of an­tiques, hand­made crafts and art, as well as food booths will be on hand. Per­sons in­ter­ested in ven­dor space may ob­tain in­for­ma­tion by con­tact­ing Ven­dor Co­or­di­na­tor Gayle Hig­gins at gaylethig­ or 209-4803602.

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