Hoping to make the holidays brighter for underprivileged children around the region, the Oak Summit Masonic Lodge, in cooperation with the United States Marine Corps Reserve, has placed 'Toys for Tots' collection barrels and boxes in several locations.
Oakdale is known as "The Cowboy Capital of the World" and resident Ryle Smith is letting it be known on a global level. Smith, an Oakdale High School alum, is currently ranked 13th in the world in tie down competition. So far, 2016 has been a special year for the 29-year-old, as this is the first year he has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, NFR, which will be held in Las Vegas in December.
After the shutdown of a much anticipated outdoor project due to environmental safety concerns, the City of Oakdale, after nearly a year of negotiations, has been awarded $355,000 by the California Natural Resources Agency to get construction of the Valley View Park Trail back on track.
With donations coming in from Oakdale and the surrounding areas, over 680 shoeboxes were collected locally for children across the country and around the world through Operation Christmas Child. The 682 total boxes gathered at The River Christian Community on East G Street, which served as the collection center in town, will now head off on a journey to Southern California. They will go to Irvine for checking and processing, and from there will start the journey to needy children both in the U.S. and abroad.
With the recent release of their ninth studio album "Je dis oui," Pink Martini will be performing at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto for the first time on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m., showcasing newly recorded tracks along with selections from the band's holiday album.
On Friday, Nov. 11 Hula's in Escalon did over $550 in free meals for military service personnel. "It was a good turnout, people came from all over," said Hula's owner Tony Victorino. "Over 4000 people saw it on Facebook." This was the second year the restaurant offered free meals for veterans, with many from the Escalon and Oakdale areas turning out. Last year they provided did about $300 in meals, with this year's turnout better. Victorino said the local eatery was "pretty packed" after the downtown parade in Escalon on Veterans' Day and the free meal was ...
Twenty-nine future law enforcement officers took to the stage as the graduating class 38-16 of the San Joaquin Delta College Peace Officer Academy earlier this week. Cadets of all backgrounds started this journey March 20, 2016 and are prepared to be the new era of law enforcement. While some of the cadets are in varying stages in their hiring process with different agencies, currently six of the cadets have been hired with local agencies. One cadet has been hired by the Tracy Police Department, one cadet by Pittsburg Police Department, two cadets with Stockton PD and two cadets with San ...
A coordinated group of peaceful protestors gathered recently at the historic Knights Ferry covered bridge, staging a protest against the proposed Dakota Access pipeline. The 'No DAPL' movement was done on a nationwide basis on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 15, with the group at Knights Ferry including several church members from Merced, Mariposa, Fresno and Modesto in addition to the Save the Stanislaus River organization.
Millions of Californians will travel the roads this Thanksgiving holiday weekend to visit with family and friends. While this time of year is usually full of joy, it can be one of the deadliest on the roadways. To help motorists avoid tragedies, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will have all available officers on patrol during the Thanksgiving Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP).
Late November at the Oakdale Library will feature "Mathematics of Music." Children will explore the connection between music and math as Lynn Sampson presents live music and instruments in this fun and educational setting, starting at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30. This is designed for elementary school age, but all ages will enjoy the music.
A love of horses, a strong commitment to community service and two years of hard work have earned local resident Dennis Serpa a berth in the 2017 Rose Parade. Serpa is a member of Backcountry Horsemen of California, Mid-Valley Unit, a local 400-member strong volunteer organization which directly assists the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and County of Stanislaus in operating backcountry camps and maintaining urban, national forest and wilderness trail systems.