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Community Briefs 12-11-19

Weight Loss Support

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


Musical On Stage

The Stockton Civic Theatre is now staging “Matilda the Musical”. The play runs through Dec. 15 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. The musical is based on the children’s novel Matilda by Roald Dahl and was initially staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company before becoming a Broadway hit that won five Tony Awards. Rated PG, ticket prices are adults $29, seniors (60 and above) $24, children and students (any age) $17. The box office for the Stockton Civic Theatre-Clyde Nielsen Auditorium, 2312 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton, is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well as two hours before performances. The box office phone is (209) 473-2424. You can also purchase tickets online at


Vendor Faire Slated

Come enjoy Christmas at Grandpa’s Barn, scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13 through 15 at 17693 Enterprise Road, Escalon. Hosted by Lorina’s Edible Garden, hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy workshops, vendors, food, drinks and more.


Toastmasters Meet

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, Dec. 18. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.


Library Fun

Festive fun for youngsters at the Oakdale Library as it hosts a “Children’s Craft” on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. Children are invited to create a “Light-Up” Snowman Ornament ideal for hanging or gifting. They will have all the items necessary for making this guy “shine” in your own unique way. All week, Dec. 16-21, don’t forget to “Find the Missing Reindeer Antlers” hidden in the Children’s Library, and get a small prize. Toddler/Preschool Dance Fun is set for Monday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m.


Stamp Art Classes

Stampin’ Up! Card Classes are on the schedule in Escalon, with opportunities to learn about the craft and create some special cards at unique classes offered by Debbie Megenney and Gerri Andrade. December classes are set for 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 and 19, 9 a.m. on Dec. 18 and 20, just in time for the holidays. Call 209-324-6947 for more information or to sign up for classes.


Learn To Dance

Golden Agers weekly dances are open to those 50 and older from throughout the Central Valley and are hosted at the Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe 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.


Program Driver Needed

The Stanislaus Senior Foundation has awarded a grant to, and partnered with, the Stanislaus County Aging and Veteran Services. This partnership allowed Stanislaus County Aging and Veteran Services to obtain a used van, and with Foundation support, have it repaired to transport low income senior citizens from senior living facilities to participate in a senior lunch program. The program offers seniors free or low-cost meals three times a week. The Stanislaus Senior Foundation will continue to support the program by providing ongoing funding for maintenance of the van. Volunteer drivers operate the van. Currently there is a need for a Wednesday driver. No special license is required. The van operates between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. To volunteer, contact Arthur Ramirez at 209-525-4613.