A couple of special spooky-themed programs for Halloween are being offered through the Bureau of Reclamation at New Melones Lake. All activities are free and suitable for all ages; most do not require reservations.
The Modesto Junior College Music Department will present the faculty guitar trio ¡Tritarra! in concert on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the MJC Music Recital Hall on East Campus. The concert will also feature guest guitarist Mark Davila, a renowned local musician and first graduate of MJC's guitar program in 2001.
The St. James Concert Series presents an afternoon of Love and Romance with international opera stars Roy Stevens, Annalisa Winberg, and pianist Ron Brickman, in a program that features music from opera, operetta, Broadway, classical, popular, and Hollywood.
Knights Ferry lost a neighbor, friend and extremely sharp person when Bill Frias died October 12th. His financial genius helped the Oakdale Rural Fire Department, Knights Ferry School District, Knights Ferry Odd Fellows, OID, and the Knights Ferry Community Church and Knights Ferry Community Club. A celebration of life will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Living Hope Christian Fellowship in Oakdale, graveside services following at Burwood Cemetery and then a luncheon at the Knights Ferry Community Club. Bill is dancing with Evelyn as I type!
A Norman Rockwell evening ... children's laughter, the delicious aroma of homemade goodies, grown-ups smiling, waving to old friends ... as the afternoon sunlight faded into a rustic sunset, I took a moment to look around me, the spirit of a small community was everywhere! An 1800s buggy with pumpkins and cornstalks keeping it company beckoned Valley Home School Harvest Festival goers back to days long gone by. Hay bales became favorite sitting spots and delicious tri-tip sandwiches and cool drinks kept the crowd nourished during the evening. A delightful silent auction had bidders anxious to win the bid on their ...
(Editor's Note: As the Nov. 3 date for elections draws closer, The Leader reminds readers of our guidelines regarding political letters. In keeping with its longstanding practice to not run any political letters in the issue (Oct. 28) just prior to the election, this is the final issue for letters regarding the Nov. 3 election. Look for candidate profiles in the Oct. 28 issue.)
More than one million children ride school buses in California every day. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) joins the observation of National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 19-23, to help recognize that school buses are the safest way for children to get to and from school.
The second annual Modesto Farm to Fork Event is set for Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church Hall, 850 16th St., Modesto, next to the Downtown Certified Farmers Market.
Jaylen Craig Franks was born in Modesto, Ca on November 14th 1958, to the proud parents of Wanda Breshears and Fralie Franks. He grew up and resided in Oakdale, Ca his entire life. Jay attended Oakdale schools and graduated Oakdale High in 1976. He played high school football and baseball and developed a lifelong love for playing and teaching the sports to others. He first married right out of high school and tragically lost a son named Craig, but was blessed later with a daughter named Kendra.
Donald W. Clark, a Salinas resident, passed away on September 17, 2015. Don was born in Vinta, OK on January 17, 1933. He was raised in Modesto, CA. Don received degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from San Jose State University and California State University Sacramento, respectively. Following college he moved to Sonora, CA. He bravely married a woman with three adolescent children in 1971.
Dianne entered peacefully into rest on Saturday October 10, 2015 at home. She was 67 years old and a native of California, growing up in Oakdale and currently living in Modesto. Dianne was employed for a number of years in the jewelry industry. She is survived by her husband John Hudson, her daughters Julie and Joni Brown, Julie's husband Danny, her stepsons Greg and Chris Hudson, and Chris' wife Victoria.
Mrs. Anita Gonzales was born on January 2, 1919 in Cotton City, Maricopa, Arizona. Anita has been a blessing to all she has come in contact with over the past 95 years. A viewing will be held Wednesday, Oct. 14th 3-6pm followed immediately by a rosary, St. Mary's Catholic Church.
The San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) will receive $30,000 from AT&T to support its new Student Engineering & Robotics Project. The program will help underserved high school students learn about STEM concepts and propose and complete their own robotics project.
The Modesto Junior College Theater Department presents "The Good Woman of Setzuan" by Bertolt Brecht and directed by MJC Theater Professor Lynette Borrelli-Glidewell. Performances are Oct. 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. in the Main Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto.
Immigration policy training for families and community members presented by Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative, Jesus Martinez, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Allison Davenport, and Stanislaus ...