The San Joaquin Valley Swiss Echoes, a singing and yodeling club in Ripon since 1947, is having its annual fall concert and dance on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Swiss Hall in Ripon, on the corner of Manley and East Main streets.
Autumn is tailor-made for getting out of the house to enjoy the great outdoors. With crisp temperatures perfect for strolls or sightseeing and breathtaking scenery awash in bright autumnal hues, autumn landscapes make for the ideal backdrop for weekend plans, including shopping excursions.
The Friends of Columbia State Historic Park organization is once again hosting the Stories in Stone Cemetery Tour at the historic Columbia Cemetery on Sept. 23, 24, 30 and Oct. 1. This once-a-year evening event will be led by costumed volunteers holding lanterns to light the way. Guests will stop at specific gravesites where stories of those who have lived and died in Columbia will be told by some very convincing characters. Listen to some funny, some sad and some horrendous stories from these people who lived during a different period of time and shaped the town's history.
Autumn is a season of many changes, with some of the most notable including the dramatic multicolored displays that occur just prior to trees shedding their leaves. It's also a time of year when many people feel reenergized by cooler temperatures and spend many hours outdoors enjoying all that fall has to offer.
Modesto Junior College Art Gallery presents Abstract Considerations, an exhibition of the works of artist Matt Rhoades. The display is open to the public through Thursday, Sept. 22. The MJC Art Gallery is located on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto and it is open Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.
California's 2016 general deer season will open in zones B1-B3, B5, B6, C1-C4, D6-D8, X9A, X9B and X12 on Saturday, Sept. 17. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds hunters to pay close attention to the occurrence of wild fires in their favorite hunting spots. Current information on forest closures can be found at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/area-alerts.
Emergency responders, which includes the police, firefighters and paramedics who are the first to arrive at the scene of an incident, are in the business of protecting others and helping to save lives. These workers are on call during natural disasters, technological failures, terrorist attacks, and many other potentially traumatic events. Emergency responders are the unsung heroes of many communities that they work hard to keep safe and secure.
Cultural Homestay International (CHI), a non-profit high school organization is looking for volunteer local host families for international high school students, ages 15 to 18 years of age who are coming for the second semester of the 2016-17 school year and the full 2017-18 school year. These personable and academically select high school students speak some English, are bright, curious and anxious to improve their communication skills.
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.57/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.17/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
The City of Livingston will host its Fifth Annual Sweet Potato Festival to celebrate the sweet potato harvest on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2 at the Max Foster Sports Complex, 2600 Walnut Ave., in Livingston.
Looking for a good book? Librarians at the Oakdale Library are always happy to offer reading suggestions. And now, a good book is easier to find than ever. New books at the Oakdale Library will be featured each month in the Oakdale Leader. Librarians will provide information about books for children and adults, both fiction and non-fiction.