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Community Briefs 6-19-19

Flapper Takes Stage

Celebrate the Roarin’ 20s with Polly Pepper, who really knows how to live in the time of Stutz Bearcat automobiles, Ziegfeld girls, raccoon coats, ukuleles, beauty contests, goldfish swallowers, and gangsters. Flapper!, the second play of Hutton’s Hamlet 2019 summer season, will take the stage on Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 22 for shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Come enjoy this musical comedy at the theater; tickets are on sale now at Hutton’s music store at 149 Church Ave., Oakdale.


Paint Night

Mid-Cal Blue Star Moms is hosting a paint night fundraiser on Friday, June 28 at the Rembrandt and Rose studio in Turlock at 6:30 p.m. There are limited seats available and tickets are $45. Reserve your spot quickly to show your creativity painting a beautiful patriotic star for a good cause. All paint and supplies will be provided as well as refreshments. For those that are unable to participate on that night, gift certificates may be purchased for use on another night and the Blue Star Moms will receive the credit. To purchase tickets visit or for more information call 209-336-3221 or visit


TOPS 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


Zoo Camps

A series of special summer camps is available for youngsters, ages 5 to 11, at Micke Grove Zoo, running 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Register at and keep in mind that camps fill up fast. Cost is $110 per week for Zoo members, $125 per week for non-members. In addition to special themes, there will be games, crafts, activities and animal encounters featured for participants. Witches and Wizards Welcome begins June 24; join in for a week of potions, spells and Quidditch. Dinosaurs are the focus beginning July 8; go on an adventure to the Jurassic period to see how dinosaurs lived and jump back to today to save animals from extinction. Wild Water Play Days wraps up the summer starting on July 15. It’s wet and wild zoo play time. Join in for a week of getting crazy in the sun with fun games like squirt gun tag. For more information, call 209-331-2138.


Learn To Kayak

San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area will host kayak tours this summer. The three-hour tours will take visitors on a paddling adventure through the waters of Los Banos Reservoir. Led by California State Parks staff, visitors will learn about the flowers and wildlife of the area throughout the tour. After a shoreline safety talk and demo, participants will board a tandem or single kayak and head out on the water. Tours will stay near the shore so visitors can search for animals. Binoculars and identification cards will be provided. Tours begin at 8:30 a.m. and will run on Fridays, June 28; July 5 and Aug. 9; along with Saturdays, June 22 and 29. Reservations are required as space is limited and can be made by calling (209) 826-1197. Tours are $20 for adults and $10 for children 8-to-18. Price includes admission to the park and all equipment needed. Special group discounts are available. No experience is necessary.


Speechtrain 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, June 26. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.


Weekly Dance

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.


Art Festival

The Central California Art Association at Mistlin Gallery in downtown Modesto is planning the Fourth Annual Autumn Art Festival. This is the CCAA’s members-only juried art show and fundraiser at the Mistlin Gallery from Aug. 13 through Oct. 4. It is a great time for artists to join the organization, meet their peers and compete for cash prizes. Look online or visit the gallery for membership information. Artist prospectus/entries are due at the gallery by Saturday, July 27. For more information go to or call Mistlin Gallery at 209-529-3369.