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Community Serves Up Events
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Plenty of events are on the schedule around the community this week, starting off with the Customer Appreciation event today, Wednesday, Oct. 21 at Mar Val Man Street Market.

A chili bean feed and music will highlight the event, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the market on McHenry Avenue, as a way for store officials to say 'thank you' to the community and their customers for continued support.

Meanwhile, plan to visit downtown Escalon on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for the Escalon Chamber of Commerce's annual Harvest Wine and Food Experience. The evening wine stroll will include many types of wines being poured, hors d'oeuvres, an art show, cooking demonstration, car show and more. In addition to local businesses hosting a variety of hors d'oeuvres, the local Diggity Grill will be on scene serving up hamburgers and hot dogs.

Mar Val donated the pasta and bread that Premier Brands will be using along with their sauce for the cooking demo presented at the PG & E kitchen.

Oak Valley Community Bank donated $250 to the Treasure Chest, with keys being offered for a chance at one of the treasures in the treasure chest.

Other donations came from a variety of local businesses, both for treasure chest items and the Food and Wine Experience itself.

"We will have seven outstanding local wineries participating along with three that are presently being offered at Leonardo's," said stroll coordinator Annie Gallagher. "We will have Oak Valley Art Society members displaying local artist works, Diggity Grill will be present grilling.

Business establishments participating include Sipma Insurance Agency, Bedazzled, Ground Zero, Cromwell & Ney, Main Street Music, Memories, Farmers Insurance, California Escrow, License Liquidators, H & D Printing, Realty World, and Leonardo's.

P & L Concrete will help create a garden-like look on Main Street with seating areas and plants.

Funds raised through the annual event are used to support Escalon Chamber activities including Senior Day, Christmas on Main, and the annual Golf Tournament.

On Saturday, Oct. 24 plan to attend the annual Van Allen Harvest Festival, offered from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Van Allen Elementary School. Bring the whole family and friends, kids of all ages are welcome to come in costume but are asked to wear tasteful costumes, with no gore.

The event will feature a Haunted House, ring toss game, bounce house, miniature golf, photo booth, face painting, duck pond, lollipop tree and much more. The burrito feed is also back for another year.

All proceeds will benefit Van Allen Elementary School.

For more information or pre-sale tickets, contact Jennifer Morado at 499-6332. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the event.

And rounding out the Saturday events, the seventh annual Charity Dinner-Dance-Auction to benefit Research for Cure. The festivities start at 5 p.m. at the Escalon Community Center and run through midnight, with proceeds to benefit the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at University of California, Irvine.

Coordinator Fran Lopes said new and exciting research is bringing us closer to a cure for spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's and other neurological conditions.

There will be great food, drinks, dancing and the poplar auction and raffle drawings. Cost is $25 per person and making a special guest appearance will be Oswald Steward, PhD. He is known for his work on the growth of nerve cells and how they recover from injury, and assumed the Directorship of the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UCI on March 1, 1999. As Director, he spearheads UCI's efforts to better understand trauma and diseases of the spinal cord and develop strategies to promote repair and regeneration of nerve cells.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Lopes at 838-3641 or Grace MacLaughlin, 838-3627.