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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estate investments should try to stay two steps ahead to ensure their homes do not succumb to the elements or become outdated and unappealing to prospective buyers.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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Gusty Winds Prompt Valley Health Caution

Gusty winds will cause localized blowing dust, which can result in unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter 10 microns and smaller (PM10) over the weekend. Local ...

September 29, 2016 | | Local News

McNerney Legislation Seeks Better Internet Access For Vets

Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09), who serves on both the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

2016 Sonora Bach Festival Featured During October

Join in the festivities in nearby Tuolumne County for the 40th year of celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries as they ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Library Program Provides Bicycles For Reading

Taking on the challenge to read books, just for fun and not for homework, the Oakdale Library recently announced its winners from its Summer Reading ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Simplify Leaf Cleanup

Apple pie, pumpkins and blooming chrysanthemums are symbols of autumn. But nothing signals the arrival of fall more than the millions of leaves that begin ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Water Talk Slated Next Week At MJC

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a free lecture by Lloyd Carter on Water in the Central Valley on ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Community Partners Commit To Achieving College Success

Community partners recently announced the launch of Stanislaus Futures, a long-term and large-scale commitment to provide low-income Stanislaus County students the opportunity to achieve their ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Health Department Confirms First West Nile Virus Death

Stanislaus County officials are reporting that a 90-year-old man has died from West Nile Virus (WNV). As of Sept. 23, 2016, there have been five ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Simple, Effective Ways For Kids To ‘Go Green’

Raising eco-friendly children is less complicated than it once was. From very early ages, today's kids are exposed to environmental topics and how they ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Bloomingcamp Crowd Welcomes In The Harvest

Though the weather felt more like summer this past weekend, the crowds still turned out to celebrate the annual Harvest Festival and the start of ...

September 28, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Election Forums Hosted

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September 28, 2016 | | Local News

CHS Oakdale Hosts Annual Block Party

On Friday, Oct. 7, the Center for Human Services (CHS) - Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center will host its Sixth Annual Community Block Party. The ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Flights And Fun At Airport Open House

Arrangements for the Oakdale Airport Open House 2016 have been underway for months so mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Friday Barn Bash Earns Big Money

Rescued horses will continue to be fed and cared for thanks to the generosity of a community and hard work of some volunteers.

September 28, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Oakdale Man Arrested In Modesto Murder Case

Stanislaus County Sheriff's detectives arrested an Oakdale man in connection with a Sept. 15 homicide that occurred in the airport area of unincorporated Modesto.

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

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