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Sale Benefits Rescue Mission

Make plans to stop by the Oakdale Rescue Mission’s huge Garage Sale featuring tools, furniture, kitchen items, clothing, and more, set for Thursday, July 19; Friday, July 20; and Saturday, July 21 beginning at 7 a.m. each day – closing time will depend on the heat and Saturday hours will be determined by the amount of merchandise left so shop early. Come see the items at 131 W. G St., Oakdale. Proceeds will go to Oakdale Rescue Mission’s new home to get it up and running to benefit those in our community.


Summer Show At Hamlet

The Hound of the Baskervilles is next on the summer production schedule at Hutton’s Hamlet Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, featuring a cast of kids from throughout the Central Valley. Show times are Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, July 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The show is the fourth of the summer series staged at Hutton’s Hamlet. For tickets or more information, call 209-848-1216. The Performing Arts Center is at 132 W. G St., Oakdale.


Car Show Fun

The final ‘pre-cruise’ Friday night car show leading up to the annual Escalon Lions Club Autumn Cruise in September will take place this week in neighboring Escalon’s Main Street Park. The show is scheduled for July 20. There is no entry fee for the pre-cruise gathering; those interested can just bring their classic cars to the Main Street Park for an evening of music, shop talk and looking over the classics; the show will run from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and all makes and models of vehicles are welcome.


Beauty And The Beast

Students of Oakdale High School and Sierra View Elementary will take to the stage for the 27th Annual YES company production, with ‘Beauty and the Beast’ the featured performance. Show dates are July 20, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., and July 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 3 p.m. YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Company is producing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, to be performed at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Tickets are now on sale at the Gallo Center for the Arts box office and


Commodores On Stage

Bringing their soul and R&B sounds to Ironstone Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m. with three decades of tracks like “Brick House,” “Easy,” and “Nightshift” the Grammy award winning artists The Commodores along with The Isley Brothers and The Family Stone will bring classic Motown to Murphys. To order tickets or for more information, call 1-866-820-4553 or visit


Backpack Drive Continues

The start of a new school year is an exciting time for most children, but for homeless children, this is a time open to emotional and academic challenges. Without even the most basic supplies, these students start at a disadvantage that only gets worse as the school year progresses. The Stanislaus County Office of Education aims to provide local homeless and at-risk youth with new backpacks and school supplies – tools they need to achieve academic success. The Operation Backpack Drive runs through July 31. School supplies and backpacks can be dropped off at a variety of locations including the Prime Shine Car Wash in Oakdale.


TOPS Meeting

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


Docents Sought

The Great Valley Museum on the West Campus of Modesto Junior College is offering training for new docents to share information about the habitats, animals, and plants of the Central Valley with museum visitors. Docents are trained to lead guided tours for school and adult groups. A background in science is not required, just enthusiasm for working with people. For more information or to register, call (209) 575-6196 or go to GVM’s “Volunteering” page found at


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, July 25. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.