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Spaghetti, Tri-Tip, Crab Featured In Fundraisers

Local residents will have their choice of three unique meal opportunities in the next couple of weeks, with proceeds benefitting different organizations.

A spaghetti supper will benefit the Escalon United Methodist Church, a tri-tip dinner will benefit the Escalon Sober Grad effort and a crab feed will support Escalon Kiwanis Club service projects and scholarships.

First up, the Escalon Kiwanis Annual Crab Feed is planned for the third Saturday – Jan. 18 – at the Escalon Community Center. This dinner typically sells out each year and features auction and raffle items as well as the crab dinner. Contact Rochelle Sousa at 209-204-4466 for tickets or more information.

A wintertime staple for more than three decades, the Escalon United Methodist Church will host its annual spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Jan. 25. This year will mark the 31st annual event, with serving from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church, 2000 Jackson Ave., Escalon. This ‘all-you-can-eat’ Spaghetti Dinner includes spaghetti with meat sauce, salad with Italian dressing, Genova garlic French bread, ice cream cup dessert and punch or coffee to drink.

Proceeds from the dinner have helped pay the church utility bills and allowed them to continue mission work in Escalon. Officials said the spaghetti dinner has raised over $85,000 in the past 30 years. Ticket prices this year are $9 for adults, $5 for children from five to 12-years-old and children under 5 eat for free. Eat-in and take out will both be available. For more information, call the church at 209-838-2792.

Tickets are currently available for the annual Sober Grad Drive-Thru Tri-Tip Dinner, which is also on the schedule for Saturday, Jan. 25. Hosted at El Portal Middle School, the popular “Curbside to Go” dinner includes a whole BBQ tri-tip, four baked potatoes, a bag of salad, French bread and a two-liter bottle of soda. Ticket holders just drive up to the curb at the middle school on First Street and the dinner is delivered to their vehicle.

Cost is $45 for tickets purchased before Sunday, Jan. 19; tickets purchased on or after Jan. 19 will be $50 for the full dinner for four. Escalon High School seniors can earn money off their Sober Grad ticket cost by working at the dinner and also pre-selling tickets for the fundraiser. For more information or to get tickets, you can also contact Renee Snow at 209-602-3241 or Lisa McCune at 209-679-3197. Online ticket sales available at:

The drive-thru dinner runs from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.