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Community Briefs 12-29-21

Community Briefs provides a listing of events and activities going on in and around the Oakdale and Riverbank areas. To have an event featured, e-mail the information to


DYW Applicants Sought

Soroptimist International of Oakdale is seeking junior class girls to participate in the Distinguished Young Women of Oakdale Class of 2023 scholarship program. College scholarships and the Distinguished Young Woman of Oakdale title will be awarded during the program on Feb. 26, 2022. Participants must live within the 95361 zip code or attend an Oakdale high school. Apply online at The application deadline is Jan. 5, 2022.


Garden Club Fun

Several members of the Escalon Farmington Community Garden Club wrapped up 2021 with an informative tour of Duarte’s Poinsettia Farm in neighboring Hughson prior to Christmas; viewing thousands of the colorful plant well known for use during the holidays. The Club has planned its first meeting of 2022, the January session set for Thursday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m., at the United Methodist Church, 25626 Elm St., Farmington. Guest speaker Jodie Sheffield will discuss Native Grass and Lawn Alternatives; all are welcome. Door prizes and snacks provided and raffles are also offered, raising money for high school scholarships.


Count Volunteers Needed

The Stanislaus Community System of Care (CSOC) is looking for volunteers to help conduct the 2022 Point-in-Time Count, an annual survey of persons experiencing homelessness in the community. Those volunteering will be required to choose a training session and select the city where they’d like to work. The goal is to register 250 volunteers. The deadline is Jan. 7, 2022. You can also register via phone at (209) 558-2961 or e-mail The count data is critical to determine the scope of the problem, help define resources, and identify gaps in service. It’s also used to help determine the amount of funding available to communities to develop housing and supportive services for people moving from homelessness to independent living. The next count is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.


Dance And Socialize

Check out the Golden Agers at the Riverbank Community Center on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with dancing, socializing, live music and fun for all. All adults 55-plus are welcome. Drop in, or become a member. Fees are $5 for members and $6 for non-members. Membership is $15; contact Ellie DeJesus at 209-277-5584 or Lupe Padron at 209-573-5014. The Community Center is at 3600 Santa Fe St., Riverbank.


TOPS Meets Weekly

All interested are welcome to join TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) a weight loss support group that meets in Oakdale every Monday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Community United Methodist Church on Poplar. This group is open to the public and anyone interested in improving their life by losing weight can contact Audrey for more information, call 209-765-7838.