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.escalonhistoricalmusem.org or Escalon.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.eventbrite.com – 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 email@example.com.