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Community Briefs 8-21-19

College Info

Modesto Junior College’s Transfer Day and College Night will be hosted on Wednesday, Aug. 28 between the Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) and Student Services Building on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. Both events are free and open to college students, and high school students and their parents. Transfer Day is held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is targeted at MJC students seeking information on transferring to a four-year college. College Night, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., assists high school students in making plans to pursue a higher education.


Book Club Meets

The ongoing Oakdale Library Book Club for Adults meets later this month. Join in to meet, mingle, and chat with other literature lovers. Read and discover new books, genres, and authors. This month’s selection will be “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivald. Stop by the Library to sign out a copy, then join in for a great discussion on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 11:30 a.m. New members are always welcome.


Gospel Concert

Gospel music group, The Casey Family, will perform in concert at Escalon First Baptist Church on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m. The Casey Family is a Southern Gospel music group based out of Riverdale, California. They travel every summer and minister through song and testimony in churches from California to Tennessee. They also perform year-round in local churches throughout Central California. While there are no admission fees for the concert, an offering will be received. Escalon First Baptist Church is at 1511 Catherine Way in Escalon. Further information about the Casey Family is available at


TOPS Session

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


Classmates Sought

Escalon High Class of 1974 will gather for its 45th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 21 beginning at 5 p.m. The festivities will be at the Escalon Community Center Park and will feature a no host taco truck for dining. For more information, contact


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, Aug. 28. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.


Learn To 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.