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Garden Club program focuses on Wildlife Center
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RIPON - The Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center is the program for the Wednesday, March 6, meeting of the Ripon Garden Club at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 206 Stockton Ave.

The Stanislaus Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization located at Fox Grove Regional Park in Hughson. The Center cares for injured and orphaned wild animals so they can be released back into the natural environments. There are 2 employees and around 50 volunteers working at the center. They are open to receive animals every day including week-ends and holidays.

They cared for 2,100 animals last year, almost 200 more than the previous year. They continue to increase the number of volunteers and have added an additional employee specializing in songbirds. They admit more songbirds than all other animals combined. They have also added a new squirrel cage funded by the Stanislaus County Fish and Wildlife Committee.

This year they will be working very hard to start construction on a long awaited eagle cage and a new songbird cage designed for swallows, gold finches and bushtits.

It is supported entirely by donations. If you would like to volunteer, visit their website at:

SEAFOOD DINNER SATURDAY: The Ripon VFW Post 1051, 12455 W. Ripon Road, is conducting a seafood platter/fish fry Saturday, March 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. following an all-day no-host bar. The menu includes fried fish, calamari, shrimp, coleslaw, fries and clam chowder for $12.50. There also will be a raffle. For tickets call 599-6815.