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Annual Donation Helps Local Children In Crisis

The Children's Crisis Center of Stanislaus County is a non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter for abused, neglected, and at risk children. Some of the other services they provide are temporary childcare for families in crisis, meals, nutrition education for families, one-on-one guidance to high risk families, resources, and referrals. These services are all provided free of charge to families in need. Currently there are five children's shelters in the community, three in Modesto, one in Turlock, and the Guardian House in Oakdale, which serves youth in Oakdale, Riverbank and beyond.

November 28, 2012 | Virginia Still | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Life Scout Daniel Davis Honors Local Veterans

Local war veterans sharing experiences. Uniformed Boys Scouts retiring flags. Taps being played on the bugle, 150 well-worn flags prepared with care for a proper retirement by fire. Museum exhibits displaying war memorabilia from local Oakdale soldiers and a strong feeling of patriotism being shared with the younger generation. These are some of the sights and sounds that were observed on Veterans' Day weekend at the Oakdale Museum on West F Street as the community gathered to honor and celebrate local veterans and to retire flags that have flown faithfully in the area.

November 21, 2012 | | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Oakdale’s Artist Of Horses: Vonnie Muniain

Horses prancing, horses grazing, horses kicking up their heels and horses drinking from a pool. Big horses, tiny horses and horses of many different colors. The studio of Oakdale artist Vonnie Muniain has an almost overwhelming array of horse art from sculptures to silkscreen to paintings.

November 21, 2012 | Diane Dupree-Dempsey Special To The Leader | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Native Daughters - Organization Strives To Preserve California History, Help The Community

The mission statement reads: "The mission of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, as one of the oldest associations of diverse California born leaders, is to preserve California's history and better the quality of life through active participation in education and community service." Across the state and through the local Oakdale Parlor, the Native Daughters of the Golden West (N.D.G.W.) is a society of women that are born in California and are dedicated to the preservation of California's history. They are a patriotic organization founded on the principles of 'Love of Home,' 'Devotion to ...

November 14, 2012 | Virginia Still | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Pumpkin Patch – Halloween Holiday Carving Effort Goes On Display

Growing every year, the Halloween 'pumpkin patch' set up along Rodden Road, off Highway 120 just northeast of the city, was another success. More than 200 intricately carved pumpkins were placed around the expansive lawn area at 7667 Rodden, with groupings ranging from musical icons to Disney characters to sports teams.

November 07, 2012 | Marg Jackson | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Cabinets With A Kick - Oakdale MMA Star Takes His Hobby To The Next Level

It's impossible to discuss the Ultimate Fighting Championship's bantamweight division without mentioning Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts professional fighter Michael McDonald as the consensus top contender for the interim belt, but McDonald already has one that he wears proudly - a tool belt.

October 10, 2012 | Ike Dodson | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Block Party Draws Crowd

A large crowd turned out for the Second Annual Oakdale Community Block Party on Oct. 5, hosted by the Center For Human Services (CHS) – Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center. Mann Avenue was closed between F and G streets with vendors lining both sides of the street and a multitude of people of different ages strolling between the booths at the start of the event. The CHS Oakdale center is located at the corner of F Street and Mann Avenue.

October 10, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Quilting With Care - Local Quilters Guild Plans Biannual Show

Quilting is the stitching together of layers of fabric in an ornamental patchwork of color that takes time and patience and dedication. In fact, most quilters may say making a quilt is an act of love because of the commitment it requires to finish a piece.

October 03, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | 209 CELEBRATIONS


The ‘River’ Church Builds A Home

For The River Christian Community Church, Christmas can't come soon enough.

September 12, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Rotary Event Benefits Community - An Evening Of Fine Wines, Food And Atmosphere

Whether you're a novice or an advanced wine connoisseur, this event has everything local vintners have to offer.

September 05, 2012 | Richard Paloma | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Raise The Curtain - Theatre Review Brings Local Arts Into Focus

The arts are alive and well in the region, as evidenced by the successful theatrical troupes staging comedies, dramas and musicals for the enjoyment of those who like their entertainment up close and personal. This week we look at four more area companies putting arts on stage.

August 29, 2012 | Mike Moon The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Bitten By The Bug - Valley Thespians Love Taking To The Stage

For many Central Valley and foothills residents, there is "No Business Like Show Business." And whether you love the 'smell of the greasepaint' or hearing the 'roar of the crowd' as a performer or as an audience member, there is an exciting multitude of choices within a short driving distance from your home. This week, we look at several of those venues, with another handful due for review in next week's issue. Here is a rundown of four of those venues. Each offers quality entertainment at affordable prices.

August 22, 2012 | Mike Moon The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Community Gears Up For Fourth Sierra View Fest

Four years ago this month, a beautiful voice was silenced, a radiant smile lost before its time.

August 08, 2012 | Marg Jackson | 209 CELEBRATIONS


The Memory Remains - Oakdale Racer Honored With Park Dedication

he memory of Oakdale native and famed funny car driver Eric Medlen will no longer be limited to the scattered accounts of his tremendous sense of humor and a heart big enough to power the incredible machines he piloted.

July 18, 2012 | Ike Dodson | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Historic Ranch Feted With Anniversary Celebration

Several generations from the Willms family along with invited guests gathered at the historic Willms house and ranch on Saturday, June 9 to mark the 160th anniversary of the legendary estate.

June 20, 2012 | Richard Paloma | 209 CELEBRATIONS


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