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Community Briefs 7-31-19

Hutton Finale

The summer’s final production at Hutton’s Hamlet in Oakdale will be performed on Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3. Come enjoy the ‘Adventures of the Fearsome Pirate Frank’ with tickets available at $10 for adults and $5 for those 12 and under. Tickets are on sale at the Hutton’s Hamlet music store, 149 Church Ave., Oakdale. This musical comedy features a crew of nightmare sailors, zombie pirates, singing sirens, and even Spiderman. This is the fifth and final play of the summer at the local youth theatre. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 with two shows, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 3.


Enjoy Lobsterfest

The Oakdale Sunrise Rotary is preparing to deliver another Lobsterfest on Saturday, Aug. 10. The event will feature filet mignon steak, large lobster tails, all the side dishes and trimmings, unlimited drinks, silent and live auction items, music, and more. This is the Sunrise Rotary’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and most of the proceeds go right back into the community. Tickets are now on sale for the Lobsterfest, which will be held at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. You can purchase tickets at the Oakdale Visitors Center (209) 345-9264 or Steves Chevrolet (209) 847-2261. Those who wish can get a group of eight people together and purchase a table, saving $30 in ticket costs.


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


Join Toastmasters

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, Aug. 7. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.


Weekly Dances

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.


Music Performances

Coming up on Saturday, Aug. 17, it’s an Organ Sampler Concert, hosted at a pair of locations in Sonora. The Sonora Bach Festival presents organist Dr. Daryl Hollinger at 2 p.m., at The Red Church, 42 Snell St., hear Haydn and Lübeck on the Red Church’s historic 1973 Flentrop Pipe Organ. Then, at 3:30 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 13880 Joshua Way, hear Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne by Dieterich Buxtehude and more on St Matthew’s 2016 Allen Digital Organ. There will be a lecture-recital at both locations. Free admission; a donation will be taken. For more information, visit or call 209-536-6330.