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Grange hosting Almond Blossom breakfast Feb. 23

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POSTED February 14, 2013 12:39 a.m.

The first almond tree was planted where the Ripon Grange Hall now stands on the corner of Milgeo and Ripona avenues, securing its place during the city’s signature weekend.

The hall will host a Ripon Almond Blossom Festival pancake breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 23, just as it has done for the past 50 years.  Grange Past President Manuel Luis is hoping for 300 to 400 people at the pancake and eggs feed that begins at 6 a.m. and runs till 11. 

Luis said the hall is hoping for a larger crowd since the parade has been set back to 1 p.m.  Advance tickets are $6 for adults and $7 at the door.  Children’s tickets are $4.

He noted that the Grange Hall is approximately 80 years old and had first met at the Odd Fellows Hall in the downtown area before moving to its present site near Milgeo Avenue.

The Grange will offer scholarships  and support soccer and small-league baseball teams with its profits from the annual fund-raiser.

With a broad smile, Luis said the Grange members get to see neighbors and friends at the breakfast, many of whom they haven’t seen since in a year.  Members of the 4-H Clubs help serve their guests with the Grange donating to their club projects in return. 

He said the club is looking for new and younger members who will guarantee the future of the group.  Al Cataeno is serving as the current president.

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