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Community Briefs 11-27-19

Women’s Club Luncheon

The Oakdale Women’s Club (OWC) has a long philanthropic history of supporting local community causes. At their next luncheon meeting, which begins at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club, 243 N. Stearns Road in Oakdale, the group will be continuing those efforts by holding a fundraising Silent Auction and Bake Sale. All of the articles included in the auction have been generously donated by area businesses, as well as by many members of the Women’s Club. These items are, but not limited to, a case of wine, special household items, jewelry, and Gift Certificates. All who are interested are invited to attend the buffet-style luncheon, cost of which is $16. For more information about the fundraiser and/or reservations, call Karen at 848-2231.


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


Card Classes

Get ready to enjoy some Stampin’ Up! Card Classes in neighboring Escalon, with opportunities to learn about the craft and create some special cards at unique classes offered by Debbie Megenney and Gerri Andrade. December classes are set for 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 and 19, 9 a.m. on Dec. 18 and 20, just in time for the holidays. Call 209-324-6947 for more information or to sign up for classes.


Craft Faire Cancellation

Due to lack of interest and scheduling conflicts the La Grange Odd Fellows’ Christmas Craft Fair originally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 has been cancelled. For information on future IOOF Craft Events, call Patty at (209) 604-4444.


Mansion Tea

Enjoy tea, sandwiches and decadent desserts at a Victorian Tea held in the McHenry Mansion, exquisitely decorated for the holidays. There will be two seatings at this special Tuesday, Dec. 3 event – 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; reservations are required. Call 209-522-1739 for information or to make reservations. Cost is $30 per person and McHenry Mansion is at 906 15th St., Modesto.


Weekly Dances

Golden Agers weekly dances are open to those 50 and older from throughout the Central Valley and are hosted at the Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe 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.


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, Dec. 4. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.


Art Exhibit

Portraits from 34 photographers from across the nation are currently being featured at the L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery’s latest show, “Contemporary Portrait Photography Exhibition and Awards Competition.” The exhibition runs through Dec. 13. Admission to the Horton Gallery is free and open to the public. Photographer Aline Smithson was engaged as the exhibition juror to select works from a call for entries. She is a photographer and Founder and Editor in Chief of “Lenscratch,” a daily journal on photography. Smithson also teaches at the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Smithson selected 34 photographers for the exhibition, each with one image.


Musical On Stage

The Stockton Civic Theatre is now staging “Matilda the Musical”. The play runs through Dec. 15 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. The musical is based on the children’s novel Matilda by Roald Dahl and was initially staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company before becoming a Broadway hit that won five Tony Awards. Rated PG, ticket prices are adults $29, seniors (60 and above) $24, children and students (any age) $17. The box office for the Stockton Civic Theatre-Clyde Nielsen Auditorium, 2312 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton, is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well as two hours before performances. The box office phone is (209) 473-2424. You can also purchase tickets online at


Driver Needed

The Stanislaus Senior Foundation has awarded a grant to, and partnered with, the Stanislaus County Aging and Veteran Services. This partnership allowed Stanislaus County Aging and Veteran Services to obtain a used van, and with Foundation support, have it repaired to transport low income senior citizens from senior living facilities to participate in a senior lunch program. The program offers seniors free or low-cost meals three times a week. The Stanislaus Senior Foundation will continue to support the program by providing ongoing funding for maintenance of the van. Volunteer drivers operate the van. Currently there is a need for a Wednesday driver. No special license is required. The van operates between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. To volunteer, contact Arthur Ramirez at 209-525-4613.