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Events Raise Awareness, Funds For Efforts
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Whether you like Bunco or Bingo, you'll have a chance to enjoy them this week and help a couple of good causes. Also, stop by to see some furry friends at the Escalon Animal Shelter this weekend, as officials there host an open house.

Scheduled first, however, is the annual Fall Bunco Bash hosted by Escalon Sober Grad Committee, set for Thursday, Nov. 4 starting with hors d'oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. and the game beginning at 7 p.m.

Cost to participate is $20 per person and there will be a variety of door prizes and opportunity drawings in addition to the Bunco game. The event will be at the Escalon Christian Reformed Church, 2203 California.

Sober Grad offers Escalon High seniors a safe, sober environment to enjoy their graduation night together. The grad night party has been a big success, drawing the majority of the senior class in for the all night festivities. Along with the Bunco Bash on Nov. 4, the committee is also planning the popular drive thru tri tip dinner, which will be offered in January at El Portal Middle School.

There's also still time to get your tickets for the third annual Bovine and Turkey Bingo, which will be held, rain or shine, at the Escalon Livestock Auction Yard on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The yard is at the corner of Escalon-Bellota and Lone Tree roads and the event is put on by the Escalon FFA Ag boosters and benefits the Escalon FFA Chapter. In addition to the bingo games, where the prize winner will be determined by where the bovine or turkey leaves their mark on the 'bingo' board, there will be face painting, a cake walk and a petting zoo. Bovine bingo squares are $25 each and turkey bingo squares are $10 each. A brats and beans lunch is available for $5, but is included if you purchase a bingo square for any bingo game.

The first bovine bingo square to be 'plopped' will see the ticket holder win a $500 prize, with a $50 bonus if they are present when the plop occurs. The ticket holder for the first turkey plop gets $50 and a Foster Farms turkey.

And after taking in the fundraising bingo, residents are invited to stop by the Escalon Animal Shelter on River Road, which will be open for tours as part of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. A coloring contest in conjunction with the open house is going on now, with entry forms available at the Escalon Police Department and a variety of shops around the community. Turn in the coloring contest entries by today, Nov. 3, at the shelter. Winners will be announced as part of the open house on Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.

Volunteers are also needed at the shelter to help clean and care for the animals and information about the duties will be available at the open house.