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From fire trucks to wine strolls to little libraries, there is plenty going on in and around the community this week, with several different events slated.

First up, Escalon Fire District invites the community to a dedication celebration for its new fire engine, Engine 1-1, this morning, Wednesday, April 22. The brief ceremony will be hosted at the Escalon Fire Station at 1749 Coley at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served.

On Friday, join the Escalon Chamber of Commerce for its annual downtown Wine Stroll. The ‘Mardi Gras’ themed celebration will include wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, music, networking, prizes and more. Pre-sale tickets are available now for $25 and they will also be available at the event for $30. Music will be provided by Rich C. Olds and the stroll will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., hosted along the city’s Main Street between First and Third streets. The businesses along Main Street will host tables of hors d’oeuvres, paired with different wines from the area wineries.

More information and tickets for the wine stroll are available by contacting Annie, Maggie or Pat at 209-838-3561. No one under 21 admitted.

Saturday, youngsters and their families are invited to nearby Farmington for a special celebration there, as the Farmington United Methodist Church hosts the dedication and opening of the ‘Farmington Little Free Library’ at 11 a.m. on the lawn in front of the church at 25626 Elm St., Farmington.

Among the festivities planned for the dedication are providing a free book for each child in attendance, snacks, storytellers and a free hot dog lunch.

Sponsored by the Farmington United Methodist Church, the effort is being made possible with assistance from the Little Free Library Association, Stockton and the First Five San Joaquin County Children and Families Commission. The church has been provided with a $1,000 grant for the free library container and supports to house the library, books to help stock it and numerous other resources to begin the ‘lending library’ project. The library container, which can be opened and books withdrawn at any time, will be on the lawn in front of the church and is self-serving. Children may take a book to read and return it when done or keep it; they may also donate books in good condition and place them in the ‘little library’ as space allows.

For more information, contact Laura Tower at 209-465-4840 or leave a message on the church phone at 209-886-5441.