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Red Cross Blood Shortage Prompts Call For Donors

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

January 10, 2018 | | Local News

Community Service Groups Highlighted

A trio of community service organizations will be vying for top honors at this month's annual Oakdale Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner, recognized for contributions to the community. This year's nominees for the Community Service Award are Oakdale Community Sharing, Oakdale Quilters Guild and the Oakdale Youth Sports Association.

January 10, 2018 | | Local News

Jeans And Jerseys Crab Feed Celebrates 20th Anniversary

It's been 20 years since a group of Rams pulled on a bib, grabbed some crackers and enjoyed a feed on some crab. The act began as a fundraising effort by the Oakdale Junior High School Parent Teacher Club and 20 years later it's still going strong.

January 10, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Crews from Collins Electrical Company out of Modesto wrapped up their portion of a project to install a lighted crosswalk at Yosemite and West H Street this past week, helping provide safer access across Yosemite for those headed for the Oakdale Community Park. Traffic along South Yosemite was restricted due to lane closures while the work was done over a several day period last week.

January 10, 2018 | | Local News

New 2018 California State Laws On Books

The start of the New Year brought with it several new laws for California, ranging from marijuana legalization to firearms to the minimum wage. Following is a brief review of some of the more notable laws that went into effect on Jan. 1.

January 10, 2018 | | Local News

County Projects Outlined In Series Of Meetings

The Stanislaus Council of Governments, StanCOG, is serving as the lead agency for preparing an Environmental Impact Report for the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan and a Sustainable Communities Strategy. The project will address all transportation modes including motor vehicles, transit (commuter and local), rail, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, aviation systems, goods movement by rail and freight, and more. To aid in preparing the project, StanCOG has scheduled an EIR Scoping Meeting to get input on the scope and content of the environmental analysis that will be included in the draft EIR. Those interested are encouraged to attend the scoping session ...

January 10, 2018 | | Local News

Library Schedules January Events

Preschool Story Time is every Tuesday at the library at 10:30 a.m. Books, flannel board stories, finger play, and music, geared for preschoolers, ages 3-6, and caregivers.

January 03, 2018 | | Local News

Learn To Square Dance

The Skirts 'n Flirts Square Dance Club will be sponsoring a New Dancer Class beginning Wednesday, Jan. 10.

January 03, 2018 | | Local News

AAUW Meeting Explores ‘Cradle To Career’ Movement

A shocking statistic for the Stanislaus area is that 71 percent of third graders do not read at grade level. Furthermore, these students are four times less likely to graduate from high school and will only earn $20,000 per year on average.

January 03, 2018 | | Local News

Interesting, Unusual Origins Behind Health Sayings

Language is shaped by many different influences. Over time, certain phrases become part of the vernacular and are spoken to signify how one acts or feels, including phrases about health and well-being.

January 03, 2018 | | Local News

Fires, City Building, Schools Figure In To Final Six Months

As The Leader continues its review of the top stories from 2017, the second half of the year showed no signs of the news slowing down. Here is a recap of top stories from July through December.

January 03, 2018 | | Local News

Pet Adoption Event Set

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance will be on hand at Petco in the Riverbank Crossroads Shopping Center on Saturday, Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. with a few pets that are ready to find their forever homes.

January 03, 2018 | | Local News

Forecast Sees Return To Some Wet Weather

National Weather Service forecasters are calling for wet weather to return to the Central Valley area midweek.

January 03, 2018 | | Local News

Stanislaus County Reports Flu Death

A woman in her 60s is the first influenza (flu) – associated death this flu season in people under 65 years of age in Stanislaus County.

January 03, 2018 | | Local News

January Show Offered At Aloft Art Gallery

The Aloft Art Gallery is a co-op Art Gallery featuring the art of 34 different local artists creating and selling paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry and fabric work. For the month of January, 2018, the Aloft Art Gallery features works by Joann Terry in the front window.

January 03, 2018 | | Local News

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Library Friends Schedule Used Book Sale

Do you like books? Are you fond of treasure hunts? What's more fun than a treasure hunt among books? That's what book lovers ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Coat Drive Helps AVF Spread The Warmth

The weather has changed a bit from what seemed to be an early spring to the return of winter that is seen normally in the ...

February 28, 2018 | Virginia Still | Local News

Sign-Ups Underway Now For Annual Chili Cook-Off

American Veterans First is hosting its chili cook-off for another year, with the second annual fundraising event scheduled for Saturday, March 10.

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Oakdale’s Inaugural Father-Daughter Ball A Success

Oakdale Sunrise Rotary is beaming with excitement at the success of their inaugural "Boots and Bows" Father/Daughter Ball, hosted in February at the Gene ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Shelter Pet Alliance Program Reaches Another Milestone

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance (OSPA) recently celebrated the completion of 3,000 dog and cat spay/neuters through its voucher program since the program ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Grants Provided For Variety Of Habitat, Wildlife Projects

At its Thursday, Feb. 22 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $17.9 million in grants to help restore and protect fish ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Distinguished Young Women Hopefuls Vie For Title

The annual Distinguished Young Women of Oakdale program will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Magnolia School Auditorium. Soroptimist International ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

MJC Panel Discussion Focuses On Speech

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to Free Speech and Hate Speech: A Panel Discussion with Experts on Thursday, March ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Houck Takes Speech Trek Top Honors

Five students from Oakdale High School tackled the topic "How Can We Stand Up to Sexism?" at this year's Speech Trek Contest on Thursday ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News


It is officially Girl Scout Cookie Time – the sweet treats benefitting local Girl Scout troops on sale now around the region. This group was busy ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

School Board Support Sought For SOS Run

Monday night provided the perfect forum for Support Oakdale Schools (SOS) Fun Run board members Ted Thome, Joey Valencia and Tina Lane to get the ...

February 28, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Projects, Volunteers Needed For Love Oakdale Initiative

The date for the 2018 edition of Love Oakdale is Saturday, April 21, with the gathering point to start the day offered this year at ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Dairymen Gather Locally For Unique ProCross Tour

Creative Genetics has added its own unique spin to Oakdale's famous title as "Cowboy Capital of the World." Earlier this month the Oakdale-based business ...

February 28, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Robbery Under Investigation

Oakdale Police are investigating another late night robbery, this one occurring at Circle K, 1515 W. F St., marking the second time in less than ...

February 24, 2018 | | Local News

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