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Community Briefs 11-14-18

All-Kids Craft Fair

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and Me and My Feet present an All-Kids Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon with everything handmade and sold by kids. Vendors will be from ages 7 to 14; the young crafters will be set up outside Me and My Feet at 1570 E. F St., Oakdale and all are encouraged to come and support the entrepreneurs by purchasing the handmade items for sale at the craft fair.


Rescue Mission Fundraiser

Don’t cook dinner the first Monday of December; let Oakdale Rescue Mission point you towards “House of Beef,” where you will get a delicious meal and help raise funds for the Oakdale Rescue Mission. A ticket is just $40 for a meal for four. The complete meal comes with a sliced tri tip, four ears of corn, a container of beans, a half loaf of French bread (butter and garlic), and a bottle of soda. Proceeds will be used to support the Oakdale Rescue Mission’s house and to provide supplies to the people of our community. Contact Jonyce O’Neill (209-404-0924) to purchase your tickets. Last day to purchase a ticket is Tuesday, Nov. 27. Pick up of meals will be at House of Beef on Monday, Dec. 3 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Skirts ‘N Flirts

A Thanksgiving Dinner Dance will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Skirts ‘n Flirts square dance club, planned on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Oakdale Grange Hall, 30 Lambuth Ave., at the corner of F Street and Lambuth Avenue. Dinner is served from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with prerounds from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Level II through IV, with square dancing for Mainstream and Plus from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with Bob Elling and Steve Wey doing the calling. Donation is $15; for more information visit


Shop Local Effort

From now through Dec. 12 patrons will visit participating businesses as part of an Oakdale Chamber of Commerce initiative, where they will take a selfie and post it on social media using the hashtag #ShopCowboyCapital. When they post using that hashtag it enters them into drawing for a prize. This shop local program will bring people into the stores, as well as, promote Fan Pages of participating businesses. Chamber officials said this is a great opportunity to market local businesses and bring potential clients into local stores. Members of the Chamber are invited to participate at no additional cost. Non-members are welcome to participate, with a cost of $100 each. The Chamber will provide each participating business with five photo props but you are welcome to use additional props if you chose; participating businesses will also provide prizes. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 847-2244 for more information or to sign up.


Book Signing

Three authors will be celebrating the release of their new novels at The Wild Rose, 18148 Main St., Jamestown, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. Kristin Fulton, C.R. Hayes and Anita Martin-Harvey are members of the Sonora Writers Group, and will read excerpts from their new releases. They will be available to autograph their books and to answer questions throughout the evening. Their books will be available for purchase at the event. The public is invited to the Author’s Meet and Greet event. It is free and refreshments will be available. For more information, call the Sonora Writers Group at 209-743-8097.


Toastmaster Meeting

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, Nov. 21. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.


TOPS Group

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


Dickens Faire

On Saturday, Dec. 1 enjoy the Dickens Faire, featuring a Farmer’s Market and Craft Boutique, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., part of special activities benefitting McHenry Mansion. Booths will be on 15th Street and McClatchy Square and the Mansion Gift Store will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours of the Mansion will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free admission. On Tuesday, Dec. 4 join in for a Christmas Tea, with spaces available at a 1:30 p.m. seating at the mansion, corner of 15th and I streets. Reservations are required and the cost is $30 per person. Call Janie at 209-522-1739 for information and to make reservations.