Escalon Times - - NEWS -

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

Make plans now to at­tend the free Com­mu­nity Thanks­giv­ing Din­ner, set for Thurs­day, Nov. 23 – Thanks­giv­ing Day – from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Escalon Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. All are wel­come; no cost to at­tend this tra­di­tional Thanks­giv­ing feast, with turkey and all the trim­mings as well as dessert. If you need home de­liv­ery or want to take out a meal, call DeeAnna Jack­son at 209-8386608 and leave your name, ad­dress and the num­ber of meals needed. To vol­un­teer or to make food do­na­tions, con­tact Dianna Dunn at 209872-5322.

Join the hunt for rocks, be­ing hid­den this month by mem­bers of the Escalon Grange Hall. Of­fi­cials said 20 spe­cially dec­o­rated rocks are be­ing hid­den around the com­mu­nity. They can be re­deemed for food items at D’Boni’s Pizza. The rocks are now avail­able; start hunt­ing.

A new, free Af­ter School Good News Club is now be­ing of­fered each Wed­nes­day at Trin­ity Church. The Good News Club is open to boys and girls in sec­ond through fifth grades and fea­tures non­de­nom­i­na­tional Bible-based teach­ing with Bible sto­ries, ac­tiv­i­ties, songs, snacks, crafts and more. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 838-3000; Trin­ity Church is at 1900 Cal­i­for­nia St., Escalon. You can also email for more in­for­ma­tion at dent­good­news­club@ya­

All are wel­come to at­tend the up­com­ing ac­cor­dion mu­sic and so­cial on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. The gath­er­ing will be hosted at the Escalon Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 1055 Escalon Ave., and will be the reg­u­lar monthly meet­ing of the Good Time Ac­cor­dion Club. Ac­cor­dion fans and per­form­ers of all skill lev­els are wel­come. Ad­mis­sion is $5 at the door. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Karl Wucherer, 209-556-3105.

***** The Kris Kringle Mar­ket is sched­uled for Satur­day, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Saron Lutheran Church on North Street. All are wel­come to join in; bring your chil­dren and grand­chil­dren to the mar­ket for a won­der­ful day of fel­low­ship and for the kids to have their pic­ture taken with Santa. It will be a fun day with an ar­ray of fine hand-crafted gifts, de­li­cious baked goods, and home­made jams to pur­chase for the hol­i­days. For a small fee, you will have an op­por­tu­nity to buy a lunch of baked pota­toes with top­pings, in­clud­ing chili, as well as snacks and drinks. Join the fun and get into the Hol­i­day spirit.

Come get some hol­i­day shop­ping started at the Craft Fair hosted at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Par­ish Cen­ter, 55 Oak Ave., Oak­dale. The event is sched­uled for Satur­day, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun­day, Nov. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Many booths will fea­ture hand­made items, along with an as­sort­ment of toys, quilts, jew­elry and com­mer­cial ven­dors, baked goods, and food. There will also be hol­i­day pho­tos by Hud­son Pho­tog­ra­phy, in­clud­ing pic­tures with Santa; pho­tos are of­fered at $5 each and are ready in an hour. The craft fair is spon­sored by the YLI, Young Ladies In­sti­tute, Mater Christi #140.

***** 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, Nov. 15. For more in­for­ma­tion, call (209) 869-8200.

Re­gional Tran­sit Dis­trict has an­nounced the new free Ar­tie D.’s Shop­per Shut­tle – the easy, con­ve­nient way to move from mall to mall. You can catch the Shop­per Shut­tle in the east park­ing lot be­tween JC Penney and Sears at We­ber­stown Mall; by The Pa­tio and Dick’s Sport­ing Goods at Sher­wood Mall; and be­tween Home­Town Buf­fet and Five Guys at Stone Creek Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter. The shut­tle will run about ev­ery 20 min­utes, so you don’t have to wait around for too long. The Shop­per Shut­tle will op­er­ate from 11 a.m. un­til 7 p.m. on Satur­days and Sun­days.

***** Golden Agers weekly dances are open to those 50 and older from through­out the Cen­tral Val­ley at the River­bank Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. Doors open Wed­nes­days at 9 a.m.; the cen­ter is at 3600 Santa Fe St., and first time guests are ad­mit­ted free. The an­nual mem­ber­ship fee is $12 and each Wed­nes­day mem­bers pay $5 and non-mem­bers can en­joy a few hours of mu­sic and danc­ing for $6.

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