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Familiar Fragrances Fill Up Citys Community Center
Cutting up the cabbage for the Escalon Lions Club annual Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner to celebrate St. Patricks Day on Thursday were Reno Giuntoli, left, and Mike Powers.Times Photos By Marg Jackson

Four cases of cabbage, 100 pounds of carrots, 150 pounds of potatoes, 350 pounds of corned beef … just a few of the ingredients being cooked up by members of the Escalon Lion’s Club on Thursday morning at the Escalon Community Center.

The prep work and cooking was in anticipation of the evening’s annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, hosted by the Lion’s Club to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Organizers said they hoped to attract about 300 diners to the annual event.

The Thursday night dinner was held for the community in lieu of the regularly scheduled Lion’s Club meeting, with the festivities at the Community Center also featuring the chance for winning some prizes and the opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors.

Lion’s Club member Robert Swift said he was pleased that club members from some neighboring cities attended and, in turn, some Escalon Lions ventured out to the Sunday morning pancake breakfast hosted by the Oakdale Lion’s Club.

“We support each other,” he said.

Swift added that it was nearly a full house for the Thursday night St. Patrick’s Day-themed dinner, with organizers pleased overall with the event.

The local Lion’s Club supports multiple community activities and provides thousands of dollars in scholarships for graduating Escalon High School seniors. The St. Patrick’s Day dinner is just one of several events they host throughout the year.