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Community Briefs 2-23-22

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


Women’s Club Meeting

Oakdale Women’s Club will resume its monthly meetings in March, after two months closure due to COVID. The OWC invites members and guests to a luncheon at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club, on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at noon. Guest speaker is Oakdale City Manager, Bryan Whitemyer. The OWC, a nonprofit volunteer organization, was established in 1907 for the betterment of our beloved community of Oakdale. Please make reservations (lunch cost $23) by the Friday before the luncheon; call Karen at (209) 848-2231.


Candle Label Contest

The deadline for a special Oakdale Candle label contest has been extended to Saturday, March 5. Hosted by Sparks Fly Candle Co., the owners are reaching out to residents to help them design a candle specifically for Oakdale. What makes Oakdale special? What fragrances remind you of Oakdale? They want to know. The winner will have their art featured on the company’s Oakdale Candle and receive $150 worth of goodies from local Oakdale shops: The Breaking Point, Oakdale Cheese & Specialties, Roberts Ferry Gourmet, The Cowboy Museum, Pak Mail and more. To enter, visit their website:


Widowed Persons Gather

Oakdale Widowed Persons Group invites you to join them the first Saturday of each month for breakfast at 9 a.m. and on the third Tuesday of each month for lunch at 1 p.m.; call for locations. All are welcome to join the group no matter how long ago you lost your spouse. For more information, contact Barbara at (209)-322-2184.


Craft Vendors Sought

A Spring Craft Fair is being planned at the North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto, for Saturday, March 19 as a fundraiser for the 2022 Relay For Life. Those wishing to purchase booth space can get a 10-by-10 booth for $40 and are asked to provide a prize for drawings; proceeds from the booth fees and ticket sales for drawings are split between the American Cancer Society and the North Modesto Church of God.

For more information about the craft fair, contact Irene Cortez at


Weekly Dances

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.


Weight Loss Group

All interested are welcome to join TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) a weight 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.


Team Captain Meeting

The first meeting of the new ‘Relay year’ is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 24 at the North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. This year will mark the second Relay For Life of Greater Stanislaus County and it will again be hosted at John Thurman Field in Modesto in October. All those who served as team captains for 2021, and anyone who would like to be involved in 2022, is encouraged to attend the upcoming meeting. The session is set for 6:30 p.m. Along with learning more about the event itself – again anticipating a 24-hour Relay – those attending the Team Captain meeting will have an opportunity to help decide on a theme. Options under consideration are: Outer Space, Western, Grease/’50s, and Carnival. Date and time for a formal kickoff event will be discussed at the Team Captain meeting as well.


Garden Club Gathers

The next meeting of the Escalon Farmington Community Garden Club is set for Thursday, March 3. Scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, the meeting will be hosted at the Farmington United Methodist Church, 25626 Elm St., Farmington. Speaker will be Lee Miller and his presentation will be ‘Dahlia: Most Elegant Flower.’ All those interested are encouraged to attend; the club welcomes new members and visitors. The guest speaker will lead off the program at 1 p.m., followed by the club’s general meeting following the presentation. A door prize will be awarded to someone just for attending and snacks are provided.