On a sunny but brisk Sunday morning, members of the Oakdale Lions Club got the coffee brewing by 4 a.m., started setting up tables around 5 a.m. and the pancake batter was hitting the grill by 6:30 a.m.
The annual Oakdale Chamber of Commerce Home Show was staged at the Bianchi Community Center on Friday and Saturday, bringing together a variety of home, garden and improvement-themed businesses, all in one location. Here, Stephane Blakeley at the Sunlectric business booth, offers young visitor Rawlin Richter, 3, the chance to pet a fluffy bunny. Blakeley was offering free bunnies as part of a package deal; Rawlin was more interested in the critter than the business deal. Also shown are dad Aaron Richter and Rawlin's younger sibling, Bowen, 10 months. Mom Rina was also in attendance at the Home Show.
The annual reenactment of the Civil War was staged over the weekend in Knights Ferry, with a pair of battles on Saturday and two more on Sunday. The realistic fire fights saw cannons booming across the valley, soldiers making their way through the bright green grassy hillsides of the Ferry and camps set up on both sides of the Stanislaus River.
A multi-alarm fire on Monday afternoon, Feb. 27 virtually destroyed a 4,700-plus square foot custom home, with crews arriving on scene to find the fire already impacting multiple areas of the house at 7130 River Road in Oakdale.
A ceremonial ribbon cutting on Friday, held inside to dodge the raindrops, and a special guest appearance by TV personality and Chef Duff Goldman on Saturday saw plenty of people visit the newly renovated Oakdale Save Mart.
Is it possible – I made it to two hockey games in January? Both were birthday gifts, the first was a San Jose Sharks game with my daughter and her fiancé and the most recent, a Stockton Heat game attended as part of a birthday dinner/night out with my friend Kremer.
In advance of placing American flags throughout the community for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday observance on Monday, Jan. 16, Oakdale Lions Club members Alan Turner, left, and Don Lee vacuumed out and prepared the post holes on Saturday morning, Jan. 14. Lee is the project chairman and said there are specific routes that the Lions Club has for flag placement on holidays; with 340 total flags placed, along East F, West F and an area encompassing First, Second and Third streets as well as North and South Yosemite avenues.