The first Western Days festival, sponsored by the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau, was hosted Friday evening, Sept. 30 featuring a concert by The Dave Russell Band and on Saturday, Oct. 1, with an International Chili Cook Off and a variety of entertaining acts all around the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds.
Oakdale High School Leadership students hosted their annual Sweater and Coat drive the last week of September. Items collected during the weeklong event will now be donated to Oakdale's Center for Human Services, benefitting families in need as the cooler weather sets in.
In a move that will bring $2 million to Oakdale Irrigation District coffers, district board members, by a 3-2 vote, approved a deal in a special meeting on Sept. 26 to release 8,000 acre-feet of water to neighboring districts. The transfer and sale would also fulfill wildlife official and environmentalist concerns by swelling the river that would assist in fish migration.
Oakdale Airport will welcome in the community for its Open House, being offered this Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the airport, 8191 Laughlin Road. The event is designed to bring the community a full day of family fun with a variety of festivities including the Wings of Rescue fundraiser and pet adoption event and free Young Eagles flights for the youth.
Monday night's Oakdale City Council meeting brought a standing room only crowd to the council chambers with the overflow of citizens into the lobby area as city officials decided on a resolution to recommend a route alternative for the planned North County Corridor.
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 air pollution officials are issuing a health cautionary statement effective the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 30 through Monday, Oct. 3 throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
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 Opportunity, introduced legislation on Monday to increase broadband internet access for veterans. The Improving Broadband Access for Veterans Act of 2016 (H.R. 6165) directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to initiate a Notice of Inquiry examining veterans' current access to broadband internet service and what can be done to increase access, with a focus on low-income veterans and veterans residing in rural areas.
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 feature period music performed by guests and locals. Concerts are planned in colorful locations throughout historical and picturesque Tuolumne County. With a variety of performances and fine music there is something for all ages. Tickets for these upcoming shows are available on the Webpage: http://www.sonorabach.org/.
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 Challenge. Winners were Martin Paredes, 5; Jayleen Lopez, 10; Adrian Sanchez, 12; and Candy Penunuri, 12.
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 to cascade from the trees as the temperatures dip.
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 Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in Forum 110 on MJC's East Campus, 435 College Ave. The event is part of the CEP Fall Film and Lecture Series. Campus parking is available for $2 in student parking lots.
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 college and career goals.
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 WNV related fatalities reported throughout the State of California.
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 can do their part to maintain and protect the planet's resources. Between activities at daycare and lessons at school to information they receive from educational television programming, some kids are taking their own environmental initiatives – and involving their parents along the way.