News and Events

Be sure to check out the Calendar.
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Almond Festival Map and Activities

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Esparto Lions Crab Feed Madison CA Friday Jan 17 7:00 p.m $40 per person

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Capay Valley Seed, Plant and Scion Exchange
Sunday, January 19th, 11am-4pm

Come share seeds, plants and stories with your fellow farmers, gardeners, landscapers, botanists and dirt-diggers of all ages!

-Share seeds, veggie starts, fruit tree cuttings, native plants, flower bulbs, rose cuttings, and more!
-Grafting and rooting demonstrations
-Native plant talk
-Seed-saving demonstration

$5 donation to the Grange or FREE admission with seeds, plants or cuttings to share

Children free
Please bring envelopes, Ziploc bags, and/or containers to take home your treasures!
Refreshments will be available for purchase to raise funds for hall restoration. Bring your own picnic or enjoy hamburgers, southern BBQ, and vegetarian fare at the Guinda Commons (within walking distance of the Grange Hall).

12pm Seed Saving demo
1pm Grafting demo
2pm Native plant talk
3pm Rooting demo
Seed, plant and scion swapping will be going on throughout the event.

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Candy Making Monday Jan 20 9:00 a.m.
Helpers needed. We will be making almond Rocha and candied walnuts for the Almond Festival.

WESTERN YOLO GRANGE WILL MEET TUESDAY JAN 21
POT LUCK AT 6:30 MEETING TO FOLLOW. PLEASE ATTEND WE WILL HAVE MANY IMPORTANT ISSUES TO DISCUSS

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Friends of the Esparto Library Annual meeting Tuesday Jan. 28 Esparto 7:00 p.m.

Black History Multi Cultural Event at the Grange Hall Saturday Feb. 8.

Queen Dinner Saturday Feb. 15.

Almond Festival Dance in Madison Friday Feb. 21.

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ALMOND FESTIVAL DAY SUNDAY FEB. 23.

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Contra Dance - Saturday March 1st, 2014

Please save the date for a Family Contra Dance in Guinda on Saturday March 1st, 2014, sponsored by the Western Yolo Grange. The dance will be in the historic Guinda Grange Hall, well known for its wonderful wooden dance floor. Caller Erik Hoffman will be accompanied by local musicians Lewis Santer and Vince Wolfe (www.drivingwithfergus.com). Proceeds from the dance will support restoration of the Hall.

What is Contra Dancing? Contra Dancing is a form of American folk dance popular in the 1800s, in which the dancers form a set of two parallel lines which run the length of the hall. It is similar to square dancing, but not limited to 4 partners in a set. Each dance is taught by the caller before it is danced, and is prompted as needed during the dance. Beginners are welcome and you don't need to come with a partner as dancers are encouraged to dance with many different partners throughout the evening. The dances have a relaxed, family-like atmosphere and are FUN! Dress is informal, and comfortable shoes are recommended. The live music consists of traditional jigs, reels, and hornpipes from the Scots-Irish tradition, with fiddle often as the lead instrument. Admission is charged to pay for the caller, musicians, and to help fund hall restoration.

Location: Guinda Grange Hall, 16787 Forest Ave, Guinda 95637
Date: Saturday March 1st, 2014
Time: Lesson 6:30 pm, Dance 7:00 pm-10:00 pm
Cost: $10 Adult, $25 Family, $5 High school student, Children 13 and under accompanying family members are free.
Refreshments will be available (donations appreciated)
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The hub of Western Yolo Grange is located in the beautiful Capay Valley, in the historical town of Guinda, California.
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