A warm summer night, a picnic dinner maybe with some wine or beer, and a free outdoor concert in Oakdale's Dorada Park - what could be a better way to kick off the weekend?
A foursome can sometimes play a little slow.
"I'm bored" is an expression that many parents hear from their youngsters as the days of summer start to drag along. There is a cure, however, for the summertime doldrums in Oakdale.
Lisa Kjeldgaard may well have been born with the need to help others because back when other teenagers had been gossiping about boys, hairstyles and clothes, at 16 Lisa had dreamed of doing ministry work in Africa.
Oak Valley Hospital Foundation Volunteer of the Year Saundra Sward West downplays her recognition with sincere modesty, wishing for focus on her causes rather than her work.
For Lupe Aguilera and Debbie Hampton, Citizen Auxiliary Police Services (CAPS) members and Senior Outreach volunteers, the need to help others drives them to make a difference.
When Dan Donnelly came home from World War II, the decorated naval pilot had visions of starting his own flight school.
Three simple words traditionally used as a person faces a cake lit with candles to celebrate their birth, "Make a Wish."
Sue Ward is a boon to wherever she puts her efforts and there's no school site more appreciative than Cloverland Elementary where she volunteers in the classroom and in the traffic patrol.
Much like his father before him, Jay Barnes has stories to tell. A lifelong resident of Oakdale with roots that go deep into local soil, Barnes grew up on a horse, knows a thing or two about how to get along in the backcountry, and is doing his best to see continued success with the family business as proprietors of Mather Saddle and Pack Station in Groveland.
Kelly Rhead, owner of Absolute Hydroponics, is the first to admit he wasn't much of a gardener before he opened his Oakdale storefront but he's committed to learning about this booming business that has sprung from the most unlikely of places.
After six years of work, Oak Valley Hospital's volunteer Oversight Committee has completed its task of overseeing the expenditure of the Measure H general obligation bond measure to help finance construction of a new hospital. The committee issued its final report to the hospital governing board at the April 27 meeting. Hopefully, that means opening of the 'new' hospital is soon to follow.
All around in the community are people who are silent servants. They volunteer their time, working behind the scenes without accolades, and sometimes their selfless work is unnoticed or taken for granted.
Sibling rivalry need not have boundaries or age limits.
Mike Sons doesn't believe in sitting on his hands - or sitting still for that matter - as the general contractor already owns three working businesses and is adding a fourth as a handyman with the experience behind him of all the trades.