Two buses complete with students and family traveled to Sonora on Friday, March 11 to attend the 30th Annual Sonora Celtic Faire. GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) students from each of the four Oakdale Elementary Schools attended the faire as part of the Family Tapestry unit.
The Singing Seniors in Oakdale meet every Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gladys Lemmons Senior Center. Retired OHS Band Director Ron Quintanal assists the group as their leader each week. The vocal enthusiasts are currently seeking male singers as well as those with varying range from soprano to alto. Professional experience is not a requirement. The Singing Seniors also perform with the Oakdale Community Band. Their next concert will be Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Oakdale High School's Academic Decathlon Team has one more date with the theme of "India." On Thursday, March 17 they will once again make the trek to Sacramento to represent Stanislaus County in the State Competition.
Community members craving a generous portion of corned beef need not look far or wait until the traditional Saint Patrick's holiday to satisfy their hunger. On Saturday, March 5 Oakdale and Riverbank members of Mater Christi YLI (Young Ladies Institute) #140 will host the 45th Anniversary serving of their Corned Beef Dinner.
'Tis the season for cute kids and cookie boxes. Personally, we get sucked in every year as we find ourselves supporting a friend and their troop. Then of course there are the girls outside the grocery and yes, if I have $5 you better believe we walk away with a box or two.
The pride Oakdale Joint Unified School District holds in its teachers may be commonly known throughout Stanislaus County. What may not be as commonly known, yet equally important is the pride the district takes in its classified staff. Most recently two of the district's classified employees were acknowledged at an awards ceremony hosted by Stanislaus County Office of Education, receiving the 2015-16 'Making a Difference' honors.
February 2016 marks the beginning of the 15th year that I first entered the old brick building at 122 South Third Ave. known as the location of the Oakdale Leader. All these years later, it's still mind boggling to me.