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Community Briefs 05-01-19

Paint Fun In Ferry

Mark the calendar for Saturday, May 4 and make plans to attend the ‘Paint, Eat and Drink’ party, sponsored by the Knights Ferry Rebekah Lodge 361. Bring your friends for a fun day of painting and good food; attendees will complete a ‘Hawaiian Palm’ painting under the guidance of instructor, local artist Carol Earle. Cost is $45 and that includes acrylic paint and all necessary materials. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lunch will be served by the Rebekahs, featuring a taco bar and salads plus coffee and ice tea. For those who choose, you may bring your own bottle of wine to enjoy at the painting party. Limited to 35 attendees; call now to reserve your spot. Contact Shirley Watson at 209-247-6686 or Carol Earle at 209-380-6288 for more information or to make reservations.


Rescue Mission Fest

Oakdale Rescue Mission is putting on its fourth annual Burgerfest Fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday, May 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., offered at Community United Methodist Church, 1480 Poplar St., Oakdale. Meals are served throughout the evening and there will also be raffle drawings every 30 minutes, a silent auction, entertainment and more. Tickets are $20 for adults, children under 12 eat for free. Menu includes a BBQ hamburger dinner, with hot dogs for the kids and kids at heart, chips, a wide variety of salads, drinks and an extensive dessert bar. Meal tickets are available by contacting Jonyce at 209-404-0924.


Garden Club Meets

Escalon Farmington Community Garden Club will gather for its next meeting on Thursday, May 2 at 1 p.m. at the Escalon Library, 1540 Second St., with the session open to all interested. Guest Speaker will be Ted Hawkins with the topic – “Everything you have ever wanted to know about Iris!” There will also be a potted plant sale featuring vegetables and flowers, there will be snacks and all are invited for a fun and educational gathering.


Mansion Tea

McHenry Mansion Foundation Tea will feature a Celebration of Mothers on Saturday, May 11 at McHenry Mansion, 906 15th St., Modesto. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and the cost is $30 per person. Reservations are required; contact Janie at 209-522-1739 no later than May 7 to make your reservation for this special Mother’s Day program.


Concert Scheduled

An Armed Forces Day Concert is set for Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m. at Ripon Christian High School Performing Arts Center, 435 Maple Ave., Ripon. Voices for the King, a male chorus, will perform inspirational and patriotic music in recognition of both national armed service members, local law enforcement and fire department members along with a color guard presentation. This concert is free.


TOPS Session

All are invited to the weekly meetings of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 1034 that gathers each Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 1480 Poplar Ave., Oakdale. The group features help with weight loss in a supportive setting. Residents of Oakdale, Riverbank, Escalon and beyond are welcome to attend. Call Audrey Oliver at 209-765-7838 for information. You can also visit


Join Toastmasters

The local REO Speechtrain Toastmasters Club gathers for regular meetings every Wednesday morning, 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., at Perko’s Cafe, Patterson and Oakdale roads, Riverbank. This is a fun way to learn the self-confidence and skills needed for public speaking. All are invited to come and check out the group. The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 8. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.


Weekly Dances

Golden Agers weekly dances are open to those 50 and older from throughout the Central Valley and are now hosted at St. Frances of Rome Church, 2827 Topeka St., Riverbank. First time guests are admitted free. The annual membership fee is $12 and each Wednesday members pay $5 and non-members can enjoy a few hours of music and dancing for $6. The Golden Agers meet from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.