Week­end Events Fill Sched­ule For Lo­cals

Escalon Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

In what prom­ises to be a busy week­end, Escalon res­i­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to take part in the Re­lay For Life to ben­e­fit the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, en­joy Sci­ence Satur­day at the li­brary and bring the fam­ily to Sun­day in the Park.

The hec­tic sched­ule will kick off with the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Re­lay For Life. The 24hour fundrais­ing event for the ACS is a com­bined ef­fort this year for Oak­dale, River­bank, Escalon and Water­ford and runs from Satur­day, May 5 un­til Sun­day, May 6 on the soc­cer fields at Oak­dale High School, 739 W. G St.

Teams from all the com­mu­ni­ties are ex­pected to join to­gether in the ef­fort to raise money and aware­ness in the fight against can­cer. Open­ing cer­e­monies will be at 9 a.m. Satur­day and all are in­vited; you do not have to be on a team to at­tend. The teams will host a va­ri­ety of fundrais­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties at their booths, from gift bas­ket draw­ings to food items. Each team also pro­vides an in­for­ma­tional mes­sage about var­i­ous types of can­cer, pre­ven­tion ef­forts and more.

There are theme laps through­out the 24 hours, entertainment, spe­cial cer­e­monies in­clud­ing the evening lu­mi­naria video and walk around the track lighted by the lu­mi­naria bags and ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered for can­cer sur­vivors and their care­givers, in­clud­ing a din­ner served up at 5:30 p.m. Satur­day.

Clos­ing cer­e­monies will be at 9 a.m. Sun­day. Teams are asked to have one mem­ber from their team on the track at all times dur­ing the 24-hour pe­riod, even through­out the early morn­ing hours, to sig­nify that ‘can­cer never sleeps.’

Mean­while, the Escalon Pub­lic Li­brary will host its Sci­ence Satur­day pro­gram at noon on May 5, fea­tur­ing Pa­per Rock­ets. Aimed at kids, the pro­gram pro­vides hands on learn­ing and of­fers the chance to see sci­ence in mo­tion. Par­tic­i­pants will de­sign and build their own rocket and then help them blast off through sci­ence.

On May 6, the pop­u­lar se­ries of fam­ily-friendly gath­er­ings, Sun­day in the Park, re­turns to Escalon’s Main Street Park, hosted by the Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Hours for this event – which has a Mother’s Day theme – are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Miss Escalon and her court will be there to help young­sters make cards, bird feed­ers and pot­ted plants for Mother’s Day gift giv­ing.

There will be mu­sic, drinks and pop­corn for all to en­joy as well as the his­toric ca­boose be­ing open for tours.

Prior to the start of fes­tiv­i­ties in the park, EscalonFIT will host a Mommy and Mini class start­ing at 10:30 a.m. Join EscalonFIT for 30 min­utes of fit­ness with your lit­tle ones. At­ten­dees will en­joy some stretch­ing, heart rate-rais­ing moves and a cool down. The class is de­signed for all fit­ness lev­els. Con­tact EscalonFIT at 209-838-9915 to sign up.

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