Karin Watanabe is not dissimilar from the average American 'tween.' She lists music, crafts and sweets among her favorite things.
There are two things however, that set her apart from said tween group. Karin is a Japanese exchange student. Earlier this summer, with the love and support of her parents Yukaka and Michiyo Wantanabe, the 12-year-old boarded a plane and traveled over 5,300 miles for the experience of a lifetime.
On July 22, 2009 Karin arrived in Sacramento to the welcoming arms of her host parents Mark and Monica Perrone. The Knights Ferry couple serves as International Exchange Leaders ...
Distinguishing the difference between friend and acquaintance has often been my downfall.
The word 'friend' is defined by Webster's New World Dictionary as: a person whom one knows well and is fond of; an ally, supporter or sympathizer.
Relationships built through everyday life bring with it a variety of titles. Other than the aforementioned titles, we often refer to a person as a co-worker, neighbor, fellow volunteer or business associate. Most recently I have come to realize that as these types of relationships end and our lives move in different directions the relationship of friend or acquaintance quickly becomes ...
Oakdale resident and multi-sport athlete Mark Richardson has joined professional adventure racing team Tecnu Extreme/Staphaseptic. They are heading to South Dakota for the PrimalQuest adventure racing Championships that brings the best co-ed teams of four from all over the globe from Aug. 15-24.
Teams will mountain bike, paddle, run, rappel into caves, navigate, and mountain climb their way over a 600-mile course in the backcountry testing the boundaries of human endurance.
"He has slowly been becoming a killer multi-sport athlete and adventure racer, and this year we were excited to welcome him aboard professional adventure racing team Tecnu Extreme ...
Bob and Phyllis Bordona have spent much of their adult lives as active community members in Oakdale and its surrounding areas. Their family owned business has furnished homes and outfitted kitchens and laundry rooms for decades.
It is their work however, as parents, that has brought them the most reward and gratitude. Upon welcoming the arrival of their son Ron in September of 1971, the couple's lives were changed forever.
Their union as husband and wife, however, began 12 years prior to the birth of their only son. On July 11, 1959 in spite of a 108-degree Fresno day ...
An estimated 150 people came together to celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy during the Rancher's Day event sponsored by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, The Oakdale Cowboy Museum, Oakdale Saddle Club and Bud Light on Saturday, July 25 and held at the Oakdale Saddle Club rodeo grounds.
The 2009 Stanislaus County Fair is set to open on Friday, July 31 for a 10-day run. Fair admission and unlimited ride wristband eTickets are now on sale. Food Maxx Arena event tickets are currently available. Visit the fair's website for detailed ticket sale information.
In the early 1980s, a group of Knights Ferry residents orchestrated the purchase of a dilapidated building in the downtown area on the corner of Sonora Road (Main Street) and Dean Street and set out to give it new life.
The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, the Oakdale Cowboy Museum, and the Oakdale Saddle Club have joined together to present a Rancher's Day Event at the Oakdale Saddle Club on Saturday, July 25, in celebration of the National Day of the American Cowboy.
Hot, dry summers signal the start up of the annual, free Concerts in the Park sponsored by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and various community businesses and organizations. This year the kick-off concert, featuring popular community band, Remedy, will be Friday, July 17. Remedy is popular for their classic rock and country sound so this is a concert, as the entire line-up, not to miss.