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Dedication Set For Community Center
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There will be a little bit of pomp and ceremony, as the ribbon is cut to officially dedicate the newly renovated Escalon Community Center on Escalon Avenue.

The ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m.

City officials will do the honors to cut the ribbon and then the facility will be opened up for tours, which will be given by city staff members, said Bridget Gaines, assistant to the city manager.

Public Works personnel from the city will also fire up the barbecue in Community Center Park and serve up hot dogs and there will also be cake to share as well.

The open house on Nov. 15 will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"We'll be starting the rentals from Dec. 1 forward," City Manager Greg Greeson said of having the hall to rent out.

One event prior to the Dec. 1 date, however, will be allowed to utilize the facility, at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be served up there on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27.

Coordinating that dinner again is Bev Arnold and the planning process is under way, with donations of food, cash and volunteer time being sought Contact Arnold at 985-1957 if you want to get involved.

Greeson said though the center officially opens for public use in December, it seemed like a good way to inaugurate it by using it for a community celebration such as the Thanksgiving dinner.

All residents are also invited to the special ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony.

"Information about it went out in the utility billing," Greeson added.

Meanwhile, in other building projects, the old Arco building site is slated for demolition on Monday, Nov. 11. It will be a one-day project, city officials said, with the demolition of the building done while school is off for the day on Nov. 11. City offices will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 12 for observance of Veterans Day so the project is scheduled to be a one-day demolition effort.