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

The Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Tax and Fee Ad­min­is­tra­tion will host a free sem­i­nar for non­profit and ex­empt or­ga­ni­za­tions on Thurs­day, Sept. 21 in Stock­ton. Lo­cal non­profit lead­ers and tax prac­ti­tion­ers are en­cour­aged to at­tend and learn how state tax laws ap­ply to the oper­a­tion of their or­ga­ni­za­tions. The Stock­ton Non­profit Sem­i­nar runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; checkin be­gins at 7:30 a.m. The event will be hosted at the San Joaquin County WorkNet Cen­ter, 56 S. Lin­coln St., Stock­ton. To regis­ter, call 1-888-847-9652.

New wor­ship times are now in ef­fect at Saron Lutheran Church, 1742 North St., Escalon. Sun­day wor­ship ser­vices with Pas­tor Ron Zielske in­clude: Praise and Thanks­giv­ing at 8 a.m.; Tra­di­tional Com­mu­nion Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 838-7695.

The Escalon His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is host­ing a bus trip to Black Oak Casino in Oc­to­ber. Date for the trip is Satur­day, Oct. 14 and the cost is $26 per per­son, which also in­cludes $10 free play, $5 match play and a food dis­count. Call Cathy at 838-1777 or the Escalon His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Mu­seum at 838-8070 by Mon­day, Sept. 25 to get a spot. The bus leaves the Escalon Shop­ping Cen­ter at 9 a.m. and re­turns at 3:30 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.escalon­his­tor­i­cal­ or Escalon.his­tor­i­

The lo­cal REO Speech­train Toast­mas­ters Club gath­ers 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, Sept. 27. For more in­for­ma­tion, call (209) 8698200.

Mem­bers of the El Por­tal Par­ents Club are plan­ning for their third an­nual Casino Night on Fri­day, Sept. 29. This will be the club’s one and only fundraiser of the year and pro­ceeds fund en­rich­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and ed­u­ca­tional needs for the mid­dle school. Tick­ets are now sale, on­line, at – type in El Por­tal Casino Night (Escalon) to pur­chase. Do­na­tions are also be­ing sought for the silent auc­tion dur­ing the event. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Tracey Miller at 209-595-6735.

The an­nual Bou­tique and Lun­cheon hosted by the Farmington United Methodist Women is sched­uled for Satur­day, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 25626 E. Elm St., Farmington. There will be hand­crafted and home­made items, baked goods, a draw­ing for a hand­made quilt and the home­made soup and pie lun­cheon will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crafter space is avail­able for those who want to dis­play and sell their hand­crafted items. Cost is $25 per space; call Susie at 209-603-3668 to re­serve a space or for more in­for­ma­tion; dead­line to regis­ter is Mon­day, Oct. 23.

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.’ Area Rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­cruit and screen prospec­tive host fam­i­lies, in­ter­view stu­dents to study abroad and su­per­vise the ex­change stu­dents in their com­mu­nity. For more in­for­ma­tion about ASSE or be­com­ing an Area Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, call the West­ern Re­gional Of­fice at 1-800-733-2773 or email the of­fice at as­seu­

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