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Annual Sing Along Set For Handel’s “Messiah”

Singers of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the tenth annual sing along performance of G.F. Handel's "Messiah" on Sunday, Nov. 19. The community-wide event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 4 p.m. at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road in Modesto.

October 24, 2017 | | 209 LIVING

Community Hospice Plans Special Holiday Events

With October quickly coming to a close, the local Community Hospice is gearing up for some holiday events.

October 24, 2017 | | 209 LIVING

Brunch And Bach Festival Trio Conclude Festival

The Sonora Bach Festival will present its last event of this year's festival as the Sonora Bach Festival Trio will perform at the Bach's Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 12:30 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Sugar Pine. Music will include selections from Bach's trio sonatas as well as trios by other Baroque and Classical Composers. The Brunch, prepared by Chef Dave Ingram, will be Moroccan themed. Advanced reservations are required. Tickets, at $35, are available at the festival webpage or by calling the festival office at 209 536-6330.

October 24, 2017 | | 209 LIVING

Early Morning Stabbing Behind Quik Stop

Oakdale Police are investigating an early morning stabbing and are on the lookout for possible suspects.

October 19, 2017 | | Local News


Karin passed away in the early hours of Sunday, October 8th, at home surrounded by her loving family.

October 18, 2017 | | Obituaries

SACRAMENTO MUSEUMS Scary, fun & festive activities for fall season

SACRAMENTO -In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California's fine art, history, science, and wildlife treasures all year long.

October 18, 2017 | | 209 LIVING

COIT TOWER San Francisco’s best vantage point


October 18, 2017 | | 209 LIVING

Host Families Being Sought

Council for Educational Travel USA (CETUSA), a non-profit high school organization, is currently looking for volunteer Host Families to host incoming students participating in their high school cultural exchange program.

October 18, 2017 | | Local News

Veterans Assistance At Mobile Offices

Many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they've earned. There's so much to know ... and so many changes from one year to the next. That's why the nonprofit DAV (Disabled American Veterans) offers help.

October 18, 2017 | | Local News

Claims Expediting Notice Issued By Commission

California State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued a notice to insurers asking them to agree to expedited claims handling procedures for wildfire damage claims in order to help fire victims more quickly. Several insurers immediately agreed to the Commissioner's request to follow expedited claimed handling procedures.

October 18, 2017 | | Local News

Letters to the Editor

OID Election Important

October 18, 2017 | | From Our Readers

Community Briefs

Young Eagles Day

October 18, 2017 | | Local News


NOTICE: The names and incidents printed in the Police Log are obtained from the daily log of the Oakdale Police Department, which is a public document. The listing of a name here does not imply that person's guilt or innocence. That can only be determined by a court of law.

October 18, 2017 | | Crime

Area Gasoline Prices Show Slight Decline

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 2.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.86/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.45/gallon, according to gasoline price website

October 18, 2017 | | Local News

Draft Rail Plan Supports Amtrak, ACE Expansion

Caltrans has released its Draft 2018 State Rail Plan, which features near-term improvements for the two services managed by the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC), Amtrak San Joaquins and Altamont Corridor Express (ACE). The Draft 2018 State Rail Plan will help guide the state's priorities for rail investments that will support California's economy for future generations. Caltrans' goal is to provide riders with more travel options that are more efficient, cleaner, faster, and have fewer delays.

October 18, 2017 | | Local News

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The Spirit of Oakdale Committee is once again putting out the call for cooked turkeys and/or financial donations to aid with putting on the ...

November 08, 2017 | | Local News

Veterans Appreciation Day Celebration At Fish Park

An invitation has been extended to all veterans, their families, active military personnel and reservists and the entire community, urged to come together to observe ...

November 08, 2017 | | Local News

Council Approves Cannabis Ordinance

In spite of concerns expressed by some that the revised city ordinance governing cannabis production within the city limits – both personal and commercial – smelled too ...

November 08, 2017 | By KIM VAN METER Special To The Leader | Local News


Wilma passed away in Rancho Cordova on Saturday, November 4. She was the beloved mother of Bill Caldwell and Cheryl (Tim) McManigal; devoted grandmother to ...

November 07, 2017 | | Obituaries


Beatrice passed away peacefully at Oak Valley Hospital from complications from pneumonia and cardiac arrest with her son and granddaughter by her side. She was ...

November 07, 2017 | | Obituaries


Betty was born in San Jose, California Jan. 8, 1937 to parents John H. Jolly and Gladys Jolly.

November 07, 2017 | | Obituaries


Earl Louis Freitas passed away peacefully on November 1, 2017 in Modesto at the age of 70. Earl was born on July 19, 1947 to ...

November 07, 2017 | | Obituaries


Terry Marvin Hawley, 75, of Oakdale, CA, passed away of natural causes in Tulua Valle del Cuca, Columbia, South America on October 19, 2017. He ...

November 07, 2017 | | Obituaries


Natalie Louise Hahn passed away suddenly on October 21, 2017, at the age of 85. She was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts to Walter ...

November 07, 2017 | | Obituaries

Scouting For Food This Weekend

Oakdale Boy Scout Troop 43 and Cub Scout Packs 303 and 43 will be doing their yearly canned food drive on Saturday, Nov. 4.

November 02, 2017 | | Local News


Tony Medina passed away October 27, 2017. He was born April 23, 1935 to John Medina and Frances Portillo Medina.

November 01, 2017 | | Obituaries


Eric was born in Modesto May 30, 1990, and passed away peacefully at his home in Oakdale, Oct. 21, 2017.

November 01, 2017 | | Obituaries


Natalie Louise Hahn passed away suddenly on October 21, 2017, at the age of 85. She was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts to Walter ...

November 01, 2017 | | Obituaries

Inaugural OSC Season Comes To A Close

The first season of Oakdale Soccer Club (OSC) came to a close this past weekend. On Saturday, Oct. 28 T.L. Davis Sports Complex played ...

November 01, 2017 | | Local News

Top Spellers Headed To County Championship

Top spellers from area schools will compete in the Stanislaus County Junior High Spelling Championship this month. The Junior High Spelling Championship, for students in ...

November 01, 2017 | | Education

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