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First Ever Chanukah Menorah Lighting In Downtown Oakdale!

Congregation Beth Shalom, The Center for Jewish Life in greater Stanislaus County and the Central Valley based in Modesto, has announced that they will host a public lighting ceremony of the Chanukah Menorah in downtown Oakdale on Sunday night, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Bianchi Community Center Plaza. The event is free, for all ages, rain or shine, and will feature the lighting of a five-foot tall Menorah, holiday songs and distributing holiday treats.

December 04, 2015 | | Local News

Wet Winter Weather Forecasts Prompt Red Cross Warnings

The forecast for a strong El Niño is making news with an El Niño weather pattern that could be one of the strongest on record. While there are no guarantees, there is the potential for a significant wet winter. As a result, American Red Cross is encouraging residents to prepare their homes and property for the coming wet weather and to arm themselves with safety tips – before significant storms arrive.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News

Community Holiday Activities Scheduled

Oakdale's Family Support Network (FSN) will host its Third Annual Coats and Cookies Event on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Thursday, Dec. 10 between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FSN is located at 1405 West F St., Suite A, Oakdale.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News

Annual Lamplight Tours This Weekend In Columbia

Columbia State Historic Park and Friends of Columbia are proud to present this year's Lamplight Tour, "The Surprise That Saved Columbia." Tours will run Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and leaving every 15 minutes.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News

December Features Pet Adoption Promotion

A mirth-filled holiday season is yours for the low price of saving the life of a rescued pet: a mere $25 adoption fee will give you the not-to-be missed experience of opening your heart and home to a new furry family member or two from the Oakdale Animal Shelter.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News

Hospital Auxiliary Offers Craft Fair

Oak Valley Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers will host their annual Craft Fair and Boutique on Friday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oak Valley Medical Plaza Building, 1425 W. H St., Oakdale.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News

Annual Tree Lot Takes On New Mission

The spirit of giving is alive and well at 7712 Rodden Road in Oakdale, as River Oak Grace Community Church opens the gates of its annual Christmas Tree lot. The annual tree lot hosted on the hill of the north end church has taken on a new mission for the 2015 Christmas season. A tree lot which once utilized its profits to go toward camp for its youth ministries is now reaching beyond the church's Rodden Road location.

December 02, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Community Spirit Alive And Well

They were lined up outside the Gene Bianchi Community Center well ahead of the scheduled opening time for the doors on Thursday, as members of the community came to enjoy a festive Thanksgiving dinner. Offered to all free of charge, the menu included all the traditional holiday favorites, from turkey and mashed potatoes to salad and cranberry sauce, topped off with a variety of choices for dessert.

December 02, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Center For Human Services Places Holiday Angel Trees

In 2011, Center for Human Services (CHS) – Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center introduced Angel Trees to assist families in need during the holiday season. Last year, CHS – Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center hosted Angel Trees at nine different sites and were able to provide gifts for over 400 Angels (local children). This year, Angel Trees are at eight sites and plan to serve over 300 Angels. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting an Angel (local child) this holiday season, Angel Trees can be found at the following locations:

December 02, 2015 | | Local News

Congressman Plans Visit For Mobile Office Hours

This Friday, Dec. 4 is the date for the next stop in Oakdale for Congressman Jeff Denham.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News

Cowboy Christmas

Oakdale's own Cowboy Santa offered visitors a unique opportunity to pet and visit with his trusty companion as he made his way into the plaza area of Gene Bianchi Community Center on Saturday. Young and old alike waited along the parking lot entrance to spy the horseback arrival of the treasured attendee. It was part of the annual Cowboy Christmas celebration for the community, which included a vendor faire, music and visits and photos with Santa himself.

December 02, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Football Section Finals Rematch Of VOL Titans

The wait is almost over. Friday night, Dec. 4 the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Champion Oakdale Mustangs get their second chance at the Central Catholic Raiders. The much anticipated rematch between the top Valley Oak League teams will come when they square off at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Football Championship at Lincoln High School in Stockton with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

December 02, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News

Douglas Takes Top Honors At Nationals

Oakdale High School alum and FFA member Logan Douglas has left his mark.

December 02, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Oakdale Man Arrested For Child Sex Solicitation

Oakdale Police detectives arrested a 65-year-old man for solicitation of sex acts with a child on Wednesday, Nov. 25 after anonymous sexually explicit letters were brought to the department's attention in September.

November 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Holidays Made Brighter Through Shoebox Effort


November 25, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News

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Grant Fund Awards Support Regional Fishing Programs

Six California non-profit organizations have been awarded funds to provide fishing programs for Hispanic youth and families.

March 14, 2018 | | Local News


American Veterans First, headquartered in Riverbank, hosted its annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, March 10 with the tasting sessions and voting offered at the New ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Dordt College Concert Choir Performs In Ripon

The Dordt College Concert Choir from Sioux Center, Iowa, will perform a concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at First Christian Reformed ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Stanislaus County Trash Day

Volunteers are being sought for the first Stanislaus County Trash Day, set for Saturday, March 17 throughout the county.

March 08, 2018 | | Local News

Community Briefs

Weight Loss Support

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Kash In Concert

Make plans to attend a special afternoon of music, featuring the original music of international songwriters, Alex Kash and Bethany Dalton-Kash

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Region Still Seeing Rise In Pump Prices

Gas prices in the region continue to slowly climb, with the average retail gasoline prices in Modesto rising 3.3 cents per gallon in the ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Almond Farmers Working Tirelessly To Protect Crops

The month of February wrapped up in an unforeseen manner for almond farmers throughout the Central Valley. An unprecedented stretch of freezing night time temperatures ...

March 07, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

New Member Tapped For Stanislaus Fire Board

A meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 8 in Riverbank at Stanislaus Consolidated Station 26 meeting room will see the swearing in of a new board ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News


Students from throughout the Oakdale Joint Unified School District celebrated Read Across America on Friday, March 2 celebrating the birth of popular children's book ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Popular City ‘Plunge’ Getting Solar Panels

Splish splash, The Plunge is going green – with solar energy, that is.

March 07, 2018 | By KIM VAN METER Special To The Leader | Local News

More Life At School Farm

Rain proved not to be a deterrent as a small army of students and community members descended on the Oakdale School Farm this past Friday ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Vote For Top Chili

Mark the calendar for Saturday, March 10, as American Veterans First is hosting its second annual fundraising chili cook-off for another year. For those that ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

ASTRO Fundraiser Sets Sights On New Heights

Saint Patrick's Day has taken on a new spin for the Oakdale/Riverbank area thanks in part to the ASTRO Foundation.

March 07, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Local AAUW Hosts Career Development Grant Recipient

Members, guests and prospective members of the American Association of University Women, Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch won't want to miss the chance to meet one of ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

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