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Offer A School Lunch That Kids Will Devour

Children can be picky eaters, making it challenging for parents to find foods their kids will consume. Family dinners are challenging enough, but lunches kids will love can be even more difficult to come by.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Oakdale FFA Members Continue To Shine

Oakdale High School Future Farmers of America was acknowledged for its past few months of accomplishments by the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board on Monday night.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Datebook is your guide to upcoming events in and around the Oakdale area.

Set aside some time this evening, Sept. 14, and join in with The Good Time Accordion Club, having its second Wednesday of the month musical and social gathering at the Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Ave. Admission is $5 at the door; meetings are at 7 p.m. and the rest of the club's meetings for 2016 are scheduled on Wednesdays, Oct. 12; Nov. l9 and Dec. 14. Accordion players of all ages and levels are welcome, in addition to listening enthusiasts. The club also accepts donated accordions. For more information, contact Gayle Certini at 209-526-3627.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Put Fall Improvement Projects On ‘To-Do’ List

Homeowners know that maintaining a home can be a year-round job. No home is immune to wear and tear, and homeowners who want to protect their real estate investments should try to stay two steps ahead to ensure their homes do not succumb to the elements or become outdated and unappealing to prospective buyers.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


Bloomingcamp Ranch will host A Taste of Stanislaus County for its upcoming Farm to Table dinner. The event is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Stanislaus Grown Project and a raffle will be conducted with proceeds benefitting the Oakdale Farmers Market. Tickets are available from Bloomingcamp Ranch online at

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


Strong and smart leadership will head up this year's OHS Associated Student Body Executive Board for the 2016-17 school year. Elected into office for the current school year are, front to back: Meagan Eaton, President; Danika Brown, Secretary; Amy Schenck, Treasurer; and Hope Kindred (guide dog Saba), Vice-President.

September 14, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Market Continues Run Throughout September

Oakdale's popular downtown Farmers Market will continue its run this month, offered each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., wrapping up with a final market night on Sept. 28.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Saturday Dedication Marks Irish Hunger Memorial

Some 100 people attended a dedication ceremony of the new Irish Hunger Memorial in Eugene's Saint Joseph's Cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 10. The memorial was the concept of the Irish Cultural Society of Stanislaus County and the San Francisco Chapter of the Irish American Unity Conference.

September 14, 2016 | George Trainor Special to The Leader | Local News

River Clean Up Effort Saturday On Stanislaus

The East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District is hosting the eighth annual Stanislaus River Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 17 as part of the statewide Great Sierra River Clean Up. Volunteers will converge on the river to haul away cigarette butts, broken bottles, tires, and more.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

“Valley Voice” Delegates Return

Elected officials from all eight San Joaquin Valley counties recently traveled to meet with key federal legislators during the annual "Valley Voice" advocacy trip to Washington D.C.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Oakdale Equine Rescue Returns With Barn Bash

Oakdale Equine Rescue is prepared to establish tradition. The 501(c)3 not for profit will host the Second Annual Benefit Barn Bash on Friday, Sept. 23 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center in Oakdale. Doors open for the event at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 each or $250 for a table of eight. Tickets are available at or by calling (209) 614-2338.

September 14, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Mustang Runners Shine At Sierra Invitational

Oakdale's cross country teams made a statement at the 2016 Sierra Invitational over the weekend. Both the boys and girls varsity cross country teams finished in second place at Modesto's Legion Park on Saturday.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Car Seat Inspections Offered Saturday

Stanislaus County Health Services Agency's Keep Baby Safe Program will conduct a child safety car seat inspection event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 10. The safety checks will be held at the Oakdale High School staff parking lot, located at 739 West G Street, Oakdale. Trained car seat technicians will be on site to assist the public in making sure children are riding in the appropriate seat for their age, weight and height.

September 09, 2016 | | Local News

YES Kiddettes Announces Open Auditions For “Cinderella, Kids

YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) KIDETTES is seeking students in first through fifth grades to be actors, singers, and dancers for Disney's "Cinderella, Kids".

September 07, 2016 | | Local News

Orange Blossom 4-H Hosts First Meeting Of The Year

The Orange Blossom 4-H Club will host its first meeting of the school year on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights Ferry Community Center. The night will start with an ice cream social and sign-ups will be after. All young people are welcome, and over thirty projects will be offered for members to choose this year. Examples of projects include public speaking, scrapbooking, food preservation, sewing, beef, sheep, swine, goats, rabbits, and much more. Activities throughout the year include community service, speech and presentations days, fashion reviews, and the Statewide 4-H Field Day hosted ...

September 07, 2016 | By MOLLY TERPSTRA Orange Blossom 4-H Club Reporter | Local News

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Valley Home Students were recently acknowledged for their scholastic efforts at the Student of the Month assembly. Students honored were: Bryce Eskew, Derek Silva, Jamie ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Spooky Trekkers Walk

The Delta Tule Trekkers are hosting a fun "Spooky Walk" at Caswell Memorial State Park, 28000 Austin Road, Ripon, this coming Halloween weekend. Walks will ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

MJC Opens San Joaquin Blues Production On Stage This Week

The Modesto Junior College Theater Department presents San Joaquin Blues, an award winning original play about life in the mid-1960's in the Central Valley ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Meeting Offers Information On Pharmacy Tech Program

Modesto Junior College Workforce Development has scheduled a Pharmacy Technician Training Program information meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in John Muir ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Oakdale Animal Shelter Seeking More Volunteers

The Oakdale Animal Shelter, 9800 Liberini Avenue, serves Oakdale and Riverbank and they are in need of volunteers Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

K-9 Unit Keeps Busy With Searches, Arrests

Oakdale Police K-9 Officer Cruze had an active afternoon on Friday, Oct. 14 regarding two separate incidents. The result: two men in custody, both facing ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News


Sierra View Elementary school librarian Gwen Schmitt, left was recently joined by Kiwanis Club President Nanci Tougaw and Principal David Kindred in the school library ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

School Bus Safety Week

The school year is in full swing and so is the increase of school buses on our roadways. Over one million children in California ride ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Annual Jog-A-Thon Continues Strides Of Success

Weather proved to be the number one topic throughout Oakdale Joint Unified School District Elementary schools last week, as parents, administrators and teachers were faced ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Homecoming Powder Puff Battle Ends In Tie

The annual Homecoming week Juniors vs. Seniors powder puff flag football game took place on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Thousands of fans gathered to watch the ...

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News

Don’t Rain On Our Parade

Rainy weather arrived just prior to the start of the annual Oakdale High School Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon, with the parade stepping off a ...

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Chosen as the 2016 football Homecoming royalty were Homecoming Queen Deonna Osmundson, left, and Princess Grace Verdegaal, the two taking a moment to smile for ...

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News

Capital Projects, Budget Scrutinized At Session

As the city recovers its financial health, it will begin moving forward with some major street, water, and sewer projects, some of which had been ...

October 19, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

School Hosts Inaugural Junior High Color Run

Oakdale Junior High proved to be the most colorful OJUSD campus this past Friday, as the student body participated in an inaugural Color Run, hosted ...

October 19, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Council Selects New Police Chief

Twenty-year police veteran Scott Heller was named chief of police after he was unanimously approved by the Oakdale City Council prior to the start of ...

October 19, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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