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Community Briefs 01-02-19

Don Osborne Run

Sign up now for the 27th annual Don Osborne Memorial Run, set for Saturday, Feb. 2 in Oakdale. Pre-register online at SIGNMEUP.COM/DOMR and save money by registering through Thursday, Jan. 10. Sign-ups taken after that time will have a higher registration fee. There will be a 5k run and a one mile run/walk offered, open to all ages. For information, call Alan at 209-602-8821 or email Races begin at the Oakdale Library, G Street and South First Avenue.


Blood Drive Set

Give the gift of life – make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free  American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). As a special thank you for helping meet the urgent need, those who come to give now through Jan. 6 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. In this area, a blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ball Metalpack, 300 W. Greger St., Oakdale. Donors can also make appointments or walk in to the Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave., Modesto or the North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 W. March Lane, Stockton. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.


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.


Toastmasters Gather

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, Jan. 9. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.


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