DATE­BOOK

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

Get ready to join in the fun as the El Por­tal Par­ents Club hosts its 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.

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Mu­sic, food, bev­er­ages, auc­tion items … all for a good cause. The an­nual Din­ner/Dance/Auc­tion in honor of Grant and Ja­son Arnold, both of whom were tremen­dous lo­cal ath­letes, will be hosted at the Escalon Sports­man’s Club on River Road. Grant Arnold passed away in 2005; Ja­son Arnold in 2008 and the din­ner/dance event is sched­uled for Satur­day, Sept. 30. Tick­ets are now avail­able for this year’s an­nual fundraiser, mark­ing its 11th year. Cock­tails will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., din­ner from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., fol­lowed by danc­ing to the sounds of Soul Heart un­til mid­night. Tick­ets are $50 per per­son; open bar. For ticket in­for­ma­tion, call Bryan Arnold, 603-0205; Sheila Arnold, 604-1400; or Tom Cosentino, 595-3207.

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A five-ses­sion Bi­ble “walk-through” cov­er­ing both the en­tire old and new Tes­ta­ments, from Ge­n­e­sis through Rev­e­la­tion, will be of­fered at Escalon First Bap­tist Church from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. on the five Sun­days of Oc­to­ber, be­gin­ning Oct. 1. Escalon First Bap­tist Church is at 1511 Cather­ine Way. This in­for­ma­tive, fun, in­ter­ac­tive style Bi­ble study will al­low each par­tic­i­pant to have a clear un­der­stand­ing of the flow of the en­tire Bi­ble, how it is ar­ranged, what hap­pens where, its cen­tral mes­sage, and how to read, study, and un­der­stand the scrip­tures for the rest of one’s life – all in five short ses­sions. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Pas­tor Dale Ped­er­son at 209-7186130. The church’s web­site ad­dress is fbcescalon.org.

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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, Oct. 4. For more in­for­ma­tion, call (209) 869-8200.

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Modesto Ju­nior Col­lege’s weekly Sci­ence Col­lo­quium con­tin­ues on Wed­nes­days at 3:15 p.m. in the Sci­ence Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, Room 115, on West Cam­pus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. The Col­lo­quium se­ries of­fers one hour dis­cus­sions on timely sci­ence-re­lated top­ics, and is free and open to the public. There is a $2 charge for on cam­pus park­ing with­out a per­mit. Oc­to­ber events will in­clude: Oct. 4 – “Ge­net­ics In­for­ma­tion Explosion and You” by Karin Wag­ner, MS, LCGC, ge­netic coun­selor, Kaiser Per­ma­nente; Oct. 11 – “Keep­ing Lo­cal Wa­ter Safe” by Ryan Sell­man, P.E., Sr. en­gi­neer, Carollo En­gi­neers, Inc.; Oct. 18 – “Physics for All” by Don Wil­liams, C.S.U. Fresno Physics Out­reach; and Oct. 25 – “How Orig­i­nal Cal­i­for­nia Peo­ple Used Na­tive Plants Ev­ery­day” by Lil­lian Vallee, Ph.D., MJC pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus of English. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Sci­ence Col­lo­quium con­tact Richard An­der­son, MJC bi­ol­ogy pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus, at an­der­sonr@mjc.edu or (209) 529-5182.

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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. 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.his­tor­i­cal@att.net.

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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 8387695.

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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 209603-3668 to re­serve a space or for more in­for­ma­tion; dead­line to reg­is­ter is Mon­day, Oct. 23.

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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 1-800733-2773 or email the of­fice at as­seu­sawest@asse.com.

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