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There won't be a shortage of things to do this week in Escalon, with a Thursday night special meet and three major events slated on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Escalon will play host to its first ever Relay for Life through the American Cancer Society next June and the inaugural information session is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Escalon Library on Second Street. The meeting had been scheduled at D'Boni's Pizza but due to overwhelming response, is being staged in the larger library meeting room venue. Event chair Jeff Fernandes is encouraging everyone interested to attend the session and learn more about Relay for Life, which will be staged June 4 and 5, 2011 in Escalon.

This is your chance to get a sneak peek of the Relay experience, join the Relay committee and get involved as a team captain or member in this 24-hour team event to fight cancer. Information will also be provided on the various ACS programs and services that benefit cancer patients and their families in this area.

Meanwhile, classic cars by the dozens will cruise in to the community early Saturday morning for the annual Escalon Lions Club Autumn Cruise. The cruise is the club's major fundraiser, providing scholarships to graduating Escalon High School seniors. The event has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the past decade-plus for graduates and 15 scholarships were presented to members of the Class of 2010 through the fundraiser.

Cruise coordinator John Salvin, a Lions Club member, said the cars will start arriving early morning on Saturday and the show will be staged in the city's Main Street Park. There will be a variety of awards presented and the Best of Show honors will also be given out at the end of the day. Cars receiving trophies and plaques in the various categories will take to Main Street for a brief cruise of champions at mid-afternoon.

Salvin said there will also be some vendors, a fashion show, food and beverages for sale throughout the day.

Friday night shows at Hula's in the Escalon Center were wildly popular over the past few months, with the parking lot jam-packed on Sept. 3 for the Friday night finale. Participants in those Friday night pre-cruise shows typically also come for the main event, and all that took part will have the chance to win a Mexican cruise at Saturday's show.

Classic car shows are hosted throughout the region, but Salvin said the Lions Club has been able to retain many exhibitors over the years and encourage new enthusiasts to attend.

They also want the public to come out to the show, to enjoy the classics and spend some time in the downtown area in support of area students.

Also slated on Saturday will be the annual remembrance of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. That ceremony is planned at the Escalon firehouse on Coley Avenue at 9:11 a.m. and will include a prayer and moment of silence, along with some brief remarks. All are invited to attend. The event takes time to remember those lost when terrorists attacked the Twin Towers in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001; the Pentagon and when passengers aboard a hijacked flight succeeded in thwarting the terrorists at the cost of their own lives, the plane crashing in a Pennsylvania field rather than in to a building or city.

"As long as we do our part to remember, I feel we're accomplishing something," said Escalon Fire Chief Rick Mello.

Saturday evening brings the popular 'Trivia Bee' at Escalon High School, hosted by the Escalon High School Band Boosters. The bee begins with a dinner, followed by the competition, silent auction and raffle.

Tickets for the catered pasta dinner are available for $10. Admission to the bee only is free. Participating teams receive dinner as part of their registration fee. The teams are made up of at least two students, and the third member can be a student or an adult. Theme for the trivia bee this year is "Peaces and Cream."

This year marks the fourth annual bee, and proceeds from the event help provide needed equipment and defray travel expenses for band members to competitions and performances. For more information or to make arrangements to donate a raffle or silent auction item for the event, contact Suzanne Longstreth at 838-2892.