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Community Briefs 9-26-18

Heritage Festival

The International Heritage Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Modesto Junior College on the East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. The opening ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and there will be free performances, crafts, music, dance, and International foods. They will also have a parade of International Flags as well as Heritage displays, passport learning activities and much more. Local non-profit Central Valley Community Resources (CVCR) will have a food booth at the event representing Puerto Rico. For more information call 209-521-3852 or visit


Tastes Of The Valley

Stanislaus State Agriculture Department and Friends of the Fair Foundation present the 16th annual Tastes of the Valley Wine and Cheese event at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. The Tastes of the Valley is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with food provided by Hilmar Cheese, as well as a variety of other food vendors and restaurants. The event will also include 20 wineries, along with an assortment of craft brews that will provide tasting. Tickets to the event are being sold for $50 each; with the proceeds benefiting the Agriculture Studies Program at Stanislaus State and the Stanislaus County Friends of the Fair Foundation. Tickets to the event can be purchased online at or at the Fairgrounds office.


MJC Dance Performance

Modesto Junior College Department of Dance presents “Come fly with Jam ‘n Jive – Let us take you to your dancing destination!” with performances from Wednesday, Sept. 26 through Saturday, Sept. 29, nightly at 7 p.m. in the Main Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. Admission is $11 general public and $9 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available online at and at the Auditorium Box Office, or by calling 575-6776 during Box Office hours: Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are also available at the door beginning 90 minutes prior to each performance.


Weight Loss Group

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


Art Contest Open

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is conducting an art contest to select the design for the state’s 2018-2019 upland game bird stamp. The California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest is open to all U.S. residents ages 18 and over. Entries will be accepted from Nov. 20 through Dec.7. For contest information and entry forms, visit


Annual Table Setting

McHenry Mansion Foundation is hosting its 32nd Annual Fundraising Table Setting Luncheon in October. Two options are offered for this fundraising event. There is a Table Viewing and light refreshments on Monday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets for viewing may be purchased at the door. Cost is $10. A Luncheon is offered on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., the luncheon is served at noon. Reservations are required for the luncheon and the cost is $40. Call Penny Binney at 209-576-1059 to make reservations. The fundraiser will be hosted at the Seasons Event Center, 945 McHenry Ave., Modesto.