Hoping to raise money for local nonprofit organizations, the small but mighty ladies from the Degree of Pocahontas will be hosting two events over the next few weeks. First, this weekend the group will present ghouls and Halloween galore in its 13th Annual Halloween Festival. Then, on the first weekend of November, the group will present its annual holiday boutique.

Both events take place at the Redman Pocahontas Hall at 1403 Main St. in Oakley.

"Our goal is to help try and help as many local groups as possible," said longtime Oakley resident and one of the oldest members of the group Jane Crockett. "This year the Halloween Festival will donate to the local Children with Special Needs group."

As a national organization, the group also helps to raise money for national causes like diabetes and the Alzheimer's disease, as well.

The Redman Pocahontas organization as a whole is considered America's oldest fraternal organization chartered by Congress. Its mission is all about freedom, friendship and charity.

"Our group works hard to adhere to the mission of our national organization," Crockett said. "Our women's auxiliary, the Degree of Pocahontas, supports various charitable, youth and educational programs."

The Annual Halloween Festival, which takes place Friday and Saturday, from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature a host of games, costume prizes, crafts, food and a thrill in the haunted house. Admission to the event is $1.50, which includes the haunted house, treat bags and some gaming coupons. Additional coupons can be purchased for 25 to 50 cents. For information on this event, contact Alicia or Irene at 625-1102.


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The Annual Holiday Boutique will take place Nov. 2 and 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no admission fee; however, breakfast will be served both Saturday and Sunday for $5 for adults and $4 for children. Breakfast includes pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs and hash browns, as well as coffee and juice.

Lunch is also served at the event for $4 and includes a sandwich, chips with the addition of soda and water for $1 each.

At this time the event still has table spaces open to the public for $20 and $10 for the second day.

"We're really looking for handcrafted items to enhances the shopper's enjoyment at the show," Crocket said.

For more information on getting a table at the show, call Jane at 925-625-2527 or Elaine at 925-754-2815.

If you go
What: Degree of Pocahontas Halloween Festival
When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Redman Pocahontas Hall, 1403 Main St., Oakley
Info: 925-625-1102
Cost: $1.50 admission