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Community Events Abound
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It’s about to get pretty busy in the Land of Peaches and Cream.

Upcoming events for Escalon residents dot the schedule over the next several days, starting with a special birthday party on Thursday, April 25. Saron Lutheran Church, 1742 North Street, will welcome cancer survivors to a 6:30 p.m. birthday party, an ice cream and cake social that will also serve as sign-ups for the survivors to come to the June Relay For Life in Escalon. Survivors will get their purple T-shirts at the birthday party, and get information on the upcoming relay, scheduled for June 22 and 23 at Escalon High School. There will be a special guest speaker, music and more. All cancer survivors are welcome to attend, as are caregivers and those looking for more information on the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event.

On Friday evening, the downtown area will come alive with the pouring of wine and the serving of hors d’oeuvres in the annual Downtown Wine Stroll, April 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., offered through the Escalon Chamber of Commerce.

“We are all ready to go, we have nine wineries, we have Bava Olive Oil, the Pie Guy, we’re going to be serving popcorn provided from the historical society,” said Annie Gallagher, one of the coordinators.

There will also be special commemorative plates and wine glasses.

“It’s called ‘A Night with the Stars’ so it’s a Hollywood theme,” added Gallagher.

Returning to provide the music will be by Hot Club Faux Gitane.

Pre-sale tickets are $25 and they will be $30 at the event. There will also be a credit card machine available on site, with the Main Street shut down for the festivities, from First to Third streets.

“We have lots of great giveaways,” added Chamber president Pat Brown.

Call for tickets, 838-3561.

Among the wineries due for the event are Bronco, Delicato, Gallo, Oak Ridge and more.

Then on Saturday, April 27, the spring Love Escalon work day will be offered, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Those involved will gather at the local Trinity Church for a short briefing and organizing into groups to head out to the various project sites.

There are a variety of family friendly activities, from taking baked goods to local fire, police and ambulance personnel to writing military Letters of Hope to be sent to service members serving around the world. There will also be some ‘manual labor’ projects, including clean up at the local C.A.R.E. Center, and some highway clean up as well. Escalon Library will seek volunteers to help organize the shelves and volunteers will also go out into the community seeking donations of canned and non-perishable food items to bring back to the C.A.R.E. Center to help stock the shelves of the local food bank. Additional projects may include some yard work at schools.

Trinity Church Pastor Jim Davis helps coordinate the Love Escalon work days and can be reached at 838-3000 for more information or to sign up to participate in the April 27 event.