Our members of Oakdale's Fun Lovin' Ladies are all getting gussied up in their purple outfits and making that important decision on which one of their Red Hats to select for their February 6th meeting. The group will travel to Modesto this month to partake of the cuisine offered at Minnie's Restaurant. Just a reminder to be certain to give Cookie a ring at 847-0761, if you need to cancel or have not made your reservation, as we need to confirm with the restaurant how many to expect.
Oak Valley Art Society members met at the Escalon Library on Saturday, and members enjoyed a very informative program on art techniques offered by long time member, and prize winning artist, Dorothy Girling. Due to a mix-up, the artist scheduled to demonstrate that day was unavailable and the group was treated to a very enjoyable program by Dorothy, who offered helpful hints to the group on working with pastels and various and helpful hints on that medium.
Our Valley Home MAC committee will be meeting tonight, January 16 at the Valley Home school. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. These meetings are a wonderful way to keep the line between the residents and the county representatives. There will be reports of what has happened since last meeting, what is scheduled to happen in the near future and also an opportunity to report a problem that may need to be forwarded to the county leaders. Be at the meeting and see what is going on in your part of the county.
We received word that Cooper Bartholomew had a great time celebrating his sixth birthday on New Year's Day. Cooper celebrated with friends and family on New Year's Eve. A special treat for Cooper that evening was hearing Austin Dickens and Luke Pouncy entertain by playing the guitar during the evening!
Word has just been received that the next meeting of the Valley Home 4H will be January 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Valley Home School gym.
We hope that Santa was able to make his visit to our Valley Home area and deliver a sleigh full of Christmas cheer even though he was greeted by rainy weather! Valley Home residents were still able to enjoy wending their way through our streets in the rain, and enjoy the colorful display of lighted homes. Even though we had to undergo heavy rain at times, the lights were enveloped in a misty glow that was beautiful to see.
Lots of excitement emanating from Valley Home School today as the Valley Home PTC throw open the doors for their annual Christmas gift store for the students. The Christmas Store is a much anticipated highlight of the year for the students. Students have an opportunity to look for and purchase gifts for their families. Prices are kept low and members of the PTC are on hand to wrap the items the students purchase so their selections are all ready for Christmas giving. The sight of all the happy faces at this special function is a delight to all who witness ...
It was a cold and foggy evening on Saturday, however, it didn't dampen the spirits of all those who gathered to view our annual Valley Home Community Christmas Parade. Christmas spirit and warmth filled the air as residents gathered and lined the streets to watch the colorful annual Christmas Lighted Parade as it wound its way through the center of town.
Our Valley Home 4-H'ers are very proud to announce the 2012 Grand Marshall for our "Old Tyme Christmas Parade". Our 2012 Grand Marshal is Mr. Marcel Dickens and his lovely wife, Kathy. Marcel was a Valley Home 4-H community leader several years ago. He and his wife have been very active in their Valley home community. At present, their grandson, Austin is very involved in Valley Home 4-H and also very active within the community. Marcel and Kathy have raised sons in Valley Home and now enjoy being the grandparents of very active and successful grandchildren. The Dickens' are ...
This week has been a busy week for our 4-H'ers and we are told that next week promises to be even busier! The members will be working on their Christmas float entry this Friday night at the Barretto family ranch. The group will be putting the finishing touches on their delightful Candy House entry for the Lighted Escalon Christmas Parade in which they will ride and wave at viewers on Saturday, December 1st during the evening on Main Street in Escalon. Be sure to watch for starting time.
It seems like the Holidays have really crept up fast on us this year! This past week our Valley Home 4-Hers celebrated their accomplishments during the past months with a delicious dinner and awards ceremony. Special guests for the evening were Mrs. Jan Hempleman, former Valley Home 4-H leader and Mr. Ken Wilmarth, retired Stanislaus County 4-H Program Director. Laughter, generated by lots of fun and friendship filled the Valley Home School Gym as our 4-H'ers enjoyed the evening together! The evening was made even more special with the Valley Home School Superintendent, Rolanda DesRosiers-Lewis and her delightful husband ...
Christina Barreto shares the following information with us. Our Valley Home 4-H members are busy planning for another Bake Sale at Tractor Supply in Oakdale on Saturday, November 17th. There will be the delicious odor of baking delectable goodies filling the air throughout our community this coming week as our 4-H'ers busy themselves baking up a storm of delicious goodies to sell at their booth. The 4-H'ers will be found manning this booth located inside the Tractor Supply Store in Oakdale. The sale featuring an array of delicious fresh baked goodies is being held to aid in raising ...
Our Red Hat Queen Bonnie Bianchi tells us that our Red Hat Oakdale Fun Lovin' Ladies are enjoying their monthly meeting and luncheon at Marie Calendar's Restaurant in Modesto today. These ladies always have a great time planning for their next adventure and meeting. Their next meeting will fall on December 5, 2012, and will be held at Mimi's Cafe, located on Dale Rd. in Modesto.
The following was sent to us by Willie Mullins.
Brrrr! Can you feel the chill in the air? Is it really the weather or a foreboding warning of coming events scheduled to occur in our community? If you have a pen handy, circle Saturday, October 27th on your calendar and plan to visit the Valley Home Community Park to enjoy an evening with thrills and chills courtesy of Valley Home 4-H. Enjoy a visit to a Haunted House/Halloween Party, sponsored by the Valley Home 4-H Community Service Project Members.
Homemade pie, delicious ice cream and a heartwarming silent cowboy movie will welcome everyone this Saturday, April 25th at St John's/St Luke's Church. The fun will begin at 2:00 p.m. and is an ongoing fundraiser for the "church well fund." We hope everyone will attend and enjoy this very special day! St John's/St Luke's church is located at 4606 Michigan Avenue in Valley Home. All are welcome, your presence would be very much appreciated.
This week we remember fondly the man who was a friend to all! Mark Dickens was born and raised in Valley Home and in the years since his passing he is missed each and every day by all who knew and loved him.
Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to one of Valley Home's most special people ... Cody Fleischer! Cody was in a bad accident this past weekend and we all wish him a quick recovery. Cody is well known and very well liked in our community, he is a fun loving kid who is great fun to be around. Get better soon, Cody!
We hope everyone will take the opportunity to honor a local hero on Tuesday, April 7 when Gene Benedix receives the Purple Heart medal. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Gladys Lemmons Senior Center. This is such an amazing honor for someone very deserving!
A bad break ... Just as irrigation season is beginning our wonderful hard working neighbor Darlene Nunes suffered a broken foot. The break was very serious and will really be hard on Darlene. The Nunes family is well known throughout our Valley Home community for their dedication to this rural way of life we all love so much! Darlene and Alvin just give a holler if you need anything ... you know you have a community that thinks the world of you both and is ready to help in any way needed!
Hot, yummy cinnamon rolls ready to eat...come by tomorrow, Thursday, March 19 and support our Valley Home students! Cinnamon rolls will be available at 8 a.m. for purchase. The early morning delicacy will be $5.00 for a tin of four delicious rolls. What a great way to start the day...a tasty treat while helping raise funds for our students Asilomar trip! Be sure to get there early, sale will end when cinnamon rolls are sold out.
This week is an exciting week for future kindergarten students at Valley Home School! Today, Wednesday March 11, is registration day! It's always such a big day for the youngsters and parents alike ... It's a bittersweet time for many parents as they realize how quickly their little one is growing. Registration will be held on the Texas Avenue campus from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Our Valley Home 4-Hers met last evening for their monthly community meeting. The 4-Hers are holding a drive thru Tri Tip dinner this Friday evening. The Tri Tip will be smoked and the dinner will have sides of beans, dinner rolls and salad. The dinner will serve a family of four and the cost is $35. Proceeds will go toward the 4-Hers trip to Monterey Aquarium in May! For more information you may call 4-H president Sierra Haynes at 596-6672 or Community Leader Sean Haynes at 324-7286. Your support is greatly appreciated! Pick up location is the Valley Home school ...
This week we salute a local hero. Gene Benedix was wounded in combat in 1951 during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart commendation. He never received the actual Purple Heart medal. There will be a special presentation by Congressman Jeff Denham on April 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Gladys Lemmons Senior Center to present this medal. Please try to attend. Thank you to Judy Bossard for sharing this important news with the community.
Cost Less Market ... What a spectacular trip it is from Valley Home to go grocery shopping. Taking the time to appreciate this trip is something that I have learned to make a priority. Where else can you drive five minutes to go grocery shopping and pass almond orchards with beautiful blossoms, go past Bushwacker's home, watch cattle and horses grazing on lush green pastures, then at the edge of town and right before shopping, pass over the most spectacular bridge! Crossing this beautiful gateway bridge offers you a moment to reflect. Many thousands use this strong and steady passage ...
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