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Chocolate Festival Brings Fun, Yum To Oakdale

This marks the 19th year for Oakdale's annual Chocolate Festival. The "Cowboys and Chocolate" themed event happens Saturday, May 21 from 9a.m. – 6p.m. and Sunday, May 22 from 9a.m. – 5p.m. Folks will be lining up on Chocolate Avenue, which runs through Wood Park on Yosemite Avenue in downtown Oakdale, to sample and purchase their favorite chocolate concoctions.

The forecast for this year's Chocolate Festival calls for sunny weather and mild temperatures with highs in the mid to upper 70s.

May 20, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Decommissioned - Council Makes Changes

Hearing a final report from an ad hoc committee assigned to investigate violations of Business Improvement District commission members, Oakdale City Council members on Monday night also heard a call for admonishing four members for their actions of holding a private meeting, a violation of the Brown Act.

May 18, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Commission Examines Ultra-Light Access At Airport

Oakdale Airport Commission members meeting on Thursday, May 12, looked into allowing private vehicle access across the runways for the purpose of operating powered parachutes; also known as "ultra-light vehicles."

May 18, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Grand Jury Finds Hospital Violated Meeting Laws

In a report released on May 10, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury found that the Oak Valley Hospital District violated Brown Act meeting laws in 2010.

May 18, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Hospital Benefit Luncheon A Sweet Success

Popping champagne corks could be heard as the wait staff passed hors d'oeuvres when over 275 local women entered the Reata Event Center for the third annual Women, Wine and Chocolate Extravaganza benefiting the Oak Valley Hospital Foundation on Friday, May 13.

May 18, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Goin’ Fishing A Hit With City Kids

A group of disadvantaged youth with the Stanislaus County Police Athletic League traveled to the Horseshoe Recreation area on Orange Blossom Road in Oakdale to participate in the seventh annual Fish Day hosted by the Knights Ferry Army Corp of Engineers on Saturday, May 7.

May 18, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Amgen Tour Whooshes Through Oakdale

The Oakdale community came out Tuesday, May 17 to celebrate the Amgen Tour of California bicycle event as hundreds of riders whooshed through the heart of town in a fast and furious bid to reach the sprint line finish (a special award would be given to the rider who crossed first during this leg of the race). Volunteers spent hours training for this specialized event and were identified by their bright yellow jackets. They helped ensure spectator and rider safety during the event. Hudson Photography was high in the sky to capture the event for next year's phonebook and ...

May 17, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Local Man Awarded Unusual Honor

Have you ever wondered what it's like to backpack into the high country with nothing more than a pack mule, a compass, and a good sense of direction? Jay Barnes, a man with deep roots in local soil, knows a few things about that and can tell a few stories about growing up on the Mather Saddle and Pack Station in Groveland where his family has operated the station for 82 years. Barnes was recently named Most Honored Packer for the Bishop Mule Days. For more about this man and his family's unusual occupation, don't miss the ...

May 13, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

0-For-Oakdale - Grant Failure

A grant-writing consultant paid $2,500 per month by the City of Oakdale has yet to be successful in obtaining any grants for the city despite being on the payroll for 18 months.

May 11, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Delays Due - 2011 Amgen Traffic Details

The Amgen Tour of California will roll in to Stanislaus County on Tuesday, May 17. The California Highway Patrol will be managing road closures along the racecourse to provide safety and security to the race participants as well as to the public.

May 11, 2011 | | Local News

Shopping Event Success

Mayor Pat Paul admits there was a lot riding on her shoulders when it came to the heavily promoted Shop for Charity event held at the former Blockbuster location at East F and North Maag Avenue April 29-30, but now that the event is over - and it was a huge success - the mayor might be able to catch some lost sleep.

May 11, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Local Real Estate Snapshot

A snapshot of the economy can often be judged by the nature of the real estate market. If the market is booming, generally, it's because people have jobs, the banks are lending, and money is flowing.

May 11, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Council Approves $10K For Sales Tax Survey

With the assistance of $5,000 in joint contributions from the Oakdale police and firefighters unions, the Oakdale City Council authorized $10,000 for the hiring of Godbe Research to conduct a poll regarding voter opinion regarding a sales tax initiative for this year's November ballot.

May 11, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Oakdale AMGEN Volunteer Meeting

The local Amgen Bike Race Volunteer Training and Coordination meeting will be held in the auditorium at Magnolia School, Tuesday, May 10 at 6 p.m. Anyone planning to participate as a volunteer is urged to attend this meeting.

The racers are expected to come through town at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17.

May 06, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Vehicle vs Pedestrian

A 29-year-old Oakdale woman is clinging to life after being hit by a vehicle while crossing F Street at Sixth Street Wednesday, May 5 around 9:45 p.m.

Shauna Marie Shoemake was wearing light covered clothes but according to police may have been on her cell phone when she attempted to cross the street.

May 06, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | 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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