Winter storms cause tremendous stress and severe damage to trees in the urban forest. Snapped or downed trees should be removed, but what about a tree that only suffers minor damage? How can a homeowner tell if a tree is safe enough to keep?
Members of the Oakdale community and surrounding areas are coming together for a charitable cause. Dr. Christina Chan and Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy, along with other businesses, are joining up to lend a hand in helping a local youngster's wish come true. Organizers said a 4-year-old girl, with optical cancer, has been selected for a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Her name and that of her wish are not yet being disclosed but will be at a later date.
Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (HSA) and its Keep Baby Safe (KBS) Program will conduct a free child safety seat check event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23. The safety checks will be held in the Learning Institute parking lot, 917 Oakdale Road, Modesto. Trained car seat technicians will be on site to assist the public in making sure children are riding in an appropriate car seat for their age, weight and height.
Stanislaus County Housing and Support Services Collaborative (SCHSSC) will be conducting a point in time count of homeless persons throughout Stanislaus County on Thursday, Jan. 28. That will include an accounting of the homeless in Oakdale.
The Bianchi Community Center was the setting Friday night, Jan. 15 for the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce 70th Annual Awards Dinner. According to Chamber CEO Mary Guardiola, over 260 people attended the event that saw the Gilbert Family awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award and Citizen of the Year recognition going to community humanitarian Jo Harris.
Bronco Wine Company, one of the largest wineries and the largest vineyard owner in the United States, unveiled today, Jan. 13, that it has received the prestigious Zero Waste Gold Facility certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC). During its national sales meeting, the certification was presented to Bronco Wine Company's Ceres, Calif. facility today.
An Escalon man driving on West F Street in Oakdale lost consciousness and drove his pickup truck into three parked cars just west of the Yosemite Avenue intersection on Tuesday, Jan. 5 just before 4 p.m., causing commute traffic to be snarled at the busy location.
More than 70 cadets are preparing to graduate from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academy this week. Before they do, they will run from the Academy in West Sacramento to the California Peace Officers' Memorial monument across from the State Capitol. The approximate 5-mile run is a tradition on the Wednesday before each graduation.
Four organizations that provide vital assistance and help improve the quality of life in Oakdale are being considered for this year's Community Service Award, with the honor being presented Friday night, Jan. 15 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.
Four young difference makers are in the running for the Junior Achievement Award, to be presented Friday night at the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce 70th annual Awards Dinner. Following are brief summaries of why these young people – Alyssa Castano, Gustavo Torres Carrillo, Hope Kindred and Kate Wessling – have been tapped for the recognition.
Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize winning author and proponent of nonviolence and civil rights, will present the keynote address for the 22nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration on Saturday, Jan. 23 in the Modesto Junior College Performing Arts and Media Center Auditorium, 435 College Ave. in Modesto. Branch will speak on "Freedom and Gridlock: Lessons from Martin Luther King." Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
Contrary to popular belief the hottest ticket to be purchased in town last week was not to be found at a local market in hopes of becoming a Powerball millionaire. The $5 ticket which yielded hours of entertainment came in the way of the Third Annual Royal Rams Competition hosted Friday, Jan. 8 at Magnolia Auditorium.