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Annual Senior Day Plans Coming Together
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Escalon's annual Senior Day, which brings together a variety of health care, insurance, utility and other professionals, is on the schedule for Wednesday, May 5 at the city's Community Center.

"We are in the process of gathering more vendors, we have 16 now," said Escalon Recreation Director Bridget Gaines, working in cooperation with Chamber of Commerce President Pat Brown and Annie Gallagher of Cromwell and Ney to put the day together. Brown and Gallagher serve as co-chairs for the event.

"We have insurance companies, for the first time we will have a Manteca hospital there and Oak Valley Hospital, some banks," said Gaines. "We'll be set up inside, similar to how we've done it in the past and we're having it on a Wednesday rather than a Thursday so we don't interfere with the senior lunch."

Designed primarily for seniors, the day is also open to those who care for or live with a senior as well, since it offers a wide variety of information on products and services designed with the senior citizen in mind.

Gaines said officials dropped the one-day business license fee for vendors coming in to just $10 for the event. Local businesses utilize their regular license, but those outside the city pay the one time fee. Last year, it was a $26 fee.

Hour for the event are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and though they won't serve a lunch this year, Gaines said there will be refreshments available.

"We'll have a tropical theme," said Gallagher, "so people can come in their best tropical wear and we want to encourage people to come, we will have at least as many vendors as we had last year."

South San Joaquin Irrigation District, the City of Escalon, the District Attorney's office, police and fire agencies, all will be represented at the event.

"The vendors who are coming want to be there and I'm very excited about the license fee being reduced," said Gallagher, noting that the Senior Day program is a good way for a lot of information to be provided in a short amount of time.

Free blood pressure checks are also offered and more information about the day can be obtained by contacting Gallagher at 838-3561.

She said the event is a cooperative effort, pulled together through the chamber, the city and local businesses.

"We kind of share in the responsibility," she said of herself, Gaines and Brown. "Everyone takes a part."