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City Sale, Park Day Fundraisers Planned
Busy Weekend Ahead
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Saturday and Sunday will be packed with events for local residents, starting with the annual Citywide Yard Sale on Saturday.

The sale, with some 100 local garage, yard and lawn sales listed on the map, is set for Saturday, Oct. 3 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The maps will be available at local businesses and City Hall beginning Thursday, Oct. 1. Call City Hall at 691-7400 for more information or stop by at 2060 McHenry Ave.

Escalon Chamber of Commerce is offering spots in Main Street Park for residents outside the city limits to ‘rent’ for the yard sale day and come in to show and sell their wares. The cost for a space in the park is $10 and set up begins at 7 a.m. that day.

Citywide yard sale day typically brings in visitors from throughout the region, both the Bay Area and the Sierra foothills, looking for some bargains.

Saturday night, the late father and son duo of Grant E. Arnold and Jason G. Arnold will be remembered in the annual fundraising dinner-dance at the Escalon Sportsman’s Club on River Road.

Grant Arnold was an athlete who played football and wrestled, graduating from Davis High School and going on to wrestle at MJC and San Luis Obispo. He passed away in 2005. Son Jason Arnold was also an outstanding athlete, participating in wrestling, football and baseball. He graduated Escalon High in 1991 and died in 2008 as the result of a car accident.

The dinner dance is held in their memory and features dinner, drinks and dancing, along with a raffle, silent and live auctions. Over the past eight years, noted coordinator Bryan Arnold – Grant’s son and Jason’s brother – the effort has raised several thousand dollars for scholarships. This year’s dinner will also honor the memory of Gary Thompson, Grant Arnold’s best friend who recently passed away.

For tickets or more information about the dinner dance, contact Bryan Arnold at 603-0205.

Activities continue on Sunday, Oct. 4, with the 26th annual Collegeville Volunteer Fire Department’s annual pancake breakfast. It will be served up from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Collegeville firehouse, 13225 East Mariposa Road, near the intersection of Jack Tone and Mariposa roads.

Along with the all you can eat breakfast, those attending can take chances on winning prizes, donated by local businesses, with the grand prize being a 74-by-86 floral flannel quilt made by local quilter Patti Van Vuren. All proceeds from the breakfast and raffle go to the improvement and maintenance of the Collegeville Fire Department.

Finally, the Escalon Chamber of Commerce will host its fall Sunday in the Park event on Oct. 4, with the third annual homemade costume contest and pumpkin carving, free for all kids. The festivities will be set up in the Main Street Park, with pumpkin carving from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the costume contest for all ages from noon to 12:30 p.m.