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Food, Fellowship And Fun Served Up Saturday
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With their baked potatoes loaded up with all their favorite toppings, along with a side of salad, this table full of Bunco players was enjoying their meal at Saron Lutheran Church before taking part in the fun dice game. Marg Jackson/The Times

In a busy Saturday evening for Escalon residents, there were a couple of different community options to enjoy on Sept. 17.

At Saron Lutheran Church on North Street, it was the return of the annual Bunco event, preceded by a baked potato bar dinner. Served with salad and beverages, the loaded baked potatoes helped quell the appetite of diners before they jumped in to the Bunco competition. There were also several prizes available in drawings and church officials announced they also plan to host the annual Kris Kringle Market this year, coming up in November.

A short distance away, on Second Street, it was the third Saturday night dinner put on by the Escalon American Legion. Members of the local Gustafson-Thompson Post hosted their ‘Italian Feast’ night meal, with a wide variety of items, from spaghetti to pizza, salad to dessert. The Legion offers the monthly dinners and invites in guests from throughout the community as a way to thank them for their support. Coming up in October, it will be the traditional ‘Chili Cook Off’ with prizes awarded for the top entries. That gathering is set for Oct. 15.

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After finishing up their Italian Night feast, residents of Escalon lingered for a while at the Escalon American Legion Hall on Second Street, visiting on Saturday night, Sept. 17. It was the regular third Saturday of the month meal hosted at the Legion Hall. Marg Jackson/The Times