This has been coming for a while. I saw it coming in the not so far off future last year when my youngest began reading sentences and realized 'my mommy's picture is in the paper.'
Troops both abroad and stateside will be treated to a touch of home this holiday season.
Doors will be open and treats aplenty, as some downtown businesses keep their doors open a bit longer on Friday, Dec. 12 to participate in a special holiday Jingle All the Way event. Over half a dozen boutiques and shops in the North Third vicinity will extend their business hours to 8 p.m. Friday, welcoming the community to do some night time shopping.
In the day and age of SMART boards, Chromebooks and web surfing a group of Oakdale Junior High seventh graders are spending a bit of their school year Career Cruising.
Kristine Fallentine, owner and key name behind Kristine's Designer Clothing, has something unique to offer the Oakdale shopper. The recently opened 145 N. Second Ave., Oakdale location is just in time for the holiday season and their sought after unique customer.
On Wednesday evening, the night before Thanksgiving, Vickie Thompson spent her time similar to many, as she prepared for a holiday feast. Her kitchen, however, was somewhat different and the number of turkeys being prepped indicated something larger than a 'typical' family meal.
Oh how I wish I had the knowledge to pen the piece I truly want to write. A few weeks ago some families in our town experienced yet another epic weekend in the area of high school sports.
What would you do if everything you knew and believed to be true were suddenly challenged?
Be it a party dress or hostess gift, I Love Paris is the ideal place for one stop shopping this holiday season. One need not look further than the quaint shop located in the center of Oakdale. The mother/daughter boutique owned and operated by Eleanor Colombo and Jill Haney is a refreshing change from what one might find in shopping malls or at big box stores.
Life has presented London Fox boutique owner and Oakdale native Tammy Golding with somewhat of a full circle moment this holiday season. Late last week, Golding opened her doors and greeted the community from her new location at 116 N. Third Ave., in the heart of downtown Oakdale.
In just barely one week, the kitchen area of the Gene Bianchi Community Center will once again be clanking and moving. Twenty one years later, the Spirit of Oakdale community meal is more than an institution; it is a fine oiled machine. On Thursday, Nov. 27 the small army and committee will once again open the doors at 11 a.m. and serve up a free Thanksgiving meal to anyone who stops by.
It was a full house and a packed agenda as the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board convened at the OJUSD Technology Center Monday night, due to a conflicting schedule with Oakdale City Council.
I'm not sure about the rest of you, but I blinked for a moment sometime in October and somehow found myself in the middle of November. Perhaps it was the late change of seasons, the delayed temperature drop or those two kids I spend much time chasing … I'm really not sure.
Veterans' Day now looks a bit different to Oakdale mothers Emmy McDaniel and Alicia London than it did two years ago. Both are now parents to sons who are on active duty in the military. That's a fact which prompted them both to become pro-active with Mid-Cal Blue Star Moms, a congressionally chartered Veteran Service Organization.
The 2014 Thanksgiving Break is going to start just a bit early for Oakdale High School freshman Hope Kindred. The 14-year-old will be boarding a plane on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 20, but she will not be headed for a tropical family vacation. Hope will be boarding a red eye flight out of Sacramento with a final destination of New York City.
The safe and sane firework booths are up and running. Moms, dads, grandparents and youth will line up at the box like structures ready to empty their wallets and buy Fourth of July celebration wares.
The month of June brought the 60th anniversary year of Soroptimist International of Oakdale (SIO) to a successful close. First chartered on June 5, 1954, the all-women's service group has served the community of Oakdale since the fall of 1954.
It was a made to order day, as the Kjeldgaard family opened their property to the community for the Eighth Annual Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival on Saturday, June 27. The upper parking lot of the River Road location remained full and a steady stream of cars came in and out between the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event hours.
Oakdale resident and Valley Charter School graduate Matthew Gery is spending some time this summer taking final steps toward his future as he attends orientation at Arizona State University.
A few weeks back I shared my struggle with a passion for eating. First, I must clarify … I'm not what one would call a 'foodie,' my palate is pretty simple. Fine dining is nice and fun on occasion, my previous piece was primarily about my love of simple fresh foods - produce and proteins … And of course water. Lots and lots of water.
Brian Chiara and Josh Garcia just may put Oakdale on the map for more than its Western heritage. The paramedic/firefighter team has spent much of their free time the past several months securing space, acquiring equipment and developing a product bearing the name of Last Call Brewing Company.
It was a setting befitting a fine Home and Garden magazine as guests arrived for the inaugural Farm to Table dining experience hosted Friday night on the east end of town at Bloomingcamp Ranch. Under the watchful eye and hospitality of husband/wife team Matt and Courtney Smith, along with Bake Shop manager Vickie Thompson, guests were welcomed and encouraged to have something to drink and get comfortable.
Each year I pen this piece or one similar, I think the same thing ... I need to put this topic to rest. Then- before I know it- I'm faced once again with the task and challenge of the birthdays. Yes, plural, the celebration of birth of both my children 24 hours apart (with three years in between).
In just a little over a week Riverbend Ranch will be transformed from the everyday chaos and homestead of Eric and Lisa Kjeldgaard and their family of eight children as they open the property to the community for the Eighth Annual Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival.
Local children need not go far for the feel and experience of Summer Camp as Oakdale Joint Unified School District is once again offering Oakdale's Super Summer Camp.
I'm not sure about the rest of our readers, but as our calendar turned to June I am finding myself in an odd place of conflict.
The wattage on the campus of Oakdale High School is likely to go up come July 1 as Joni McGinnis begins her journey as a new Vice Principal.
It was a light agenda, packed full of consent items as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees convened for their final meeting of the 2014-2015 school year on Monday night, June 9. Of the minimal items covered on the agenda, the biggest and most critical would be the passing of the 2015-2016 school year budget.
As graduations in our area wrap up, my life and a handful of parents like me began living our own level of whirlwind this past week.
Sunshine Rafting Adventures continues to do its part in making a splash for the fight against cancer. For the fourth consecutive year, the local rafting business will partner with the American Cancer Society for its annual rafting trip.