The 17th annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival saw record heat on Sunday, May 17 with temperatures hitting 107 and sending many scurrying for the misters or any spot of shade but in spite of the heat, 43,000 people spent at least part of their weekend in Oakdale, sampling chocolate and perusing vendor booths.
Tough economic conditions notwithstanding, Oakdale and the surrounding communities came though once again when it counted, raising $200,000 in the fight against cancer in the eighth annual Oakdale Relay for Life.
Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), the bank holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank and Eastern Sierra Community Bank, recently reported consolidated financial results. For the three months ended June 30, 2015, consolidated net income available to common shareholders was $1,510,000, or $0.19 per diluted common share. This compared to consolidated net income of $1,526,000, or $0.19 per diluted common share, for the prior quarter and $2,537,000, or $0.32 per diluted common share for the same period a year ago.
The San Joaquin Valley Air District will hold a free training workshop on Tuesday, July 28 for enterprising individuals interested in being placed on the District's list of Registered Wood Burning Heater Professionals (RWBHP).
Fresh on the heels of the anti-Confederate hysteria that has swept the country following the heinous June 17 attack on a church in Charleston that killed nine, California state senator Steve Glazer of Orinda has jumped on the bandwagon and put forward a bill to ban the use of Confederate names for "schools, buildings, and other public facilities."
The River Oak Grace Amphitheater will once again be alive with music from visiting musicians. On Friday, July 31 River Oak Grace Community Church will host Canadian Christian Rock group Hawk Nelson as they present the beginning of the 2015 Concert Series. Other bands scheduled to perform are I Am They on Aug.t 29 and Sanctus Real, Sept. 25. Tickets for the first and third performances in the series are $10 per person in advance or $15 per person at the gate. I Am They will be a love offering event.
In an effort to attract new business in town, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, July 20 approved a program to provide grants to new businesses opening, or existing businesses expanding, within vacant store fronts.
Earlier this month, the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation (SJFBF) announced its endorsement of farmer and former County Supervisor Ken Vogel for the 12th Assembly District that covers portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. The seat is currently held by Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Modesto.
Steve Knell, General Manager of the Oakdale Irrigation District called the state water board's attempt to restrict century-old water rights "a complete waste of time" Wednesday after the state partially rescinded thousands of curtailment orders.
Somewhat mild temperatures following a temporary heat wave were a welcome surprise for organizers and attendees on Friday, July 10 as the first day for the Stanislaus County Fair. The annual event continues through Sunday, July 19. Carnival hours are 5 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday and noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday.