OUT AND ABOUT

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Out and About is your guide to up­com­ing events in and around the River­bank area.

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, 209-5563105.

***** 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.

***** The River­bank His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s Mem­o­ries Day get to­gether will re­turn to the Mu­seum on Thurs­day, Nov. 9. The 11 a.m. event will fol­low the group’s an­nual meet­ing, which be­gins at 10 a.m. on Thurs­day. Both will be held at the mu­seum, 3237 Santa Fe St., in down­town River­bank. Both events are open to the pub­lic. For the Mem­o­ries Day pro­gram, pre­sen­ter James McAn­drews, Jr. will be speak­ing on the River­bank Club­house, a pop­u­lar coun­try mu­sic con­cert hall that was on Sierra Street.

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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 meet- ings 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) 8698200.

***** St. Pa­trick’s Catholic Church is host­ing its Hol­i­day Craft Fair on Satur­day, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sun­day, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. The fair will be hosted at the Church Hall, 19399 E. High­way 120, Ripon, on High­way 120 be­tween Escalon and Ripon. Goal of the craft fair is to raise funds for St. Vin­cent de Paul and needy res­i­dents in the area. Come see the va­ri­ety of craft and hol­i­day-themed items, make some pur­chases and sup­port the mis­sion of St. Pa­trick’s Catholic Church.

***** A lo­cal non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion is look­ing for vol­un­teers who want to help with taxes this year. The Cen­tral Val­ley Com­mu­nity Re­sources in River­bank is or­ga­niz­ing the pro­gram lo­cally, with Dar­lene Bar­ber-Martinez as the con­tact per­son. Reach her at CVCR at 896-3055, ext. 700. The Vol­un­teer In­come Tax As­sis­tance ( VITA) and Tax Coun­sel­ing for the El­derly ( TCE) pro­grams are look­ing for vol­un­teers who are in­ter­ested in shar­ing their skills, tal­ent and knowl­edge. Vol­un­teers pre­pare tax re­turns with thou­sands of other Amer­i­cans giv­ing back to their com­mu­ni­ties, ac­cord­ing to Bar­ber-Martinez. She said they need vol­un­teers to serve as Site Co­or­di­na­tors and Tax Pre­par­ers. They also need Greeters/Screen­ers and In­ter­preters.

***** 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. 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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