All are invited to attend the upcoming League of Women Voters Stanislaus County – Lunch and Learn Program, set for Thursday, March 28 at noon. The meeting is scheduled at Ridgway’s Restaurant and Lounge, Century Center, 2401 E. Orangeburg, Modesto. Donna Riley, Stanislaus County Treasurer/Tax Collector, will discuss how taxes are collected, and what they are used for. She will answer questions from the audience. The public is invited to this free event. Lunch (Chef’s Choice or Vegetarian) is available at a cost of $15. Reservations are not required. For more information, call the League at 209-324-3375.
Soroptimist International of Oakdale will host its annual Motor Madness fundraiser on Saturday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m., at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale. The event is open to residents from throughout the region. Guests will be entertained by local singer-songwriter Chris Farris who will emcee and perform during the event. The event includes hearty appetizers, wine, beer, soft drinks, and dessert. Tickets are $100 each and admits two adults (must be 21 years or older) to the event and constitutes one entry for the door prize drawings. For tickets, contact Debbie Carreira at 209-847-2980.
Survivor Brunch Upcoming
The Relay For Life of Oakdale-Escalon-Riverbank-Waterford will host its Survivor Brunch on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Oakdale Fire Station, 325 E. G St., Oakdale. Cancer survivors and their caregiver are invited to attend the brunch; come enjoy some great company, eat some tasty food and learn about the activities planned for Relay For Life on Saturday, April 27 at Oakdale High School. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by Friday, March 29 to Mary Ann King at 209-303-90908 or email email@example.com.
Endurance athlete, fitness coach and author Matt Fitzgerald will be on hand at the Modesto Marathon Expo on Saturday, March 30 signing copies of his latest book “Life is a Marathon.” The Expo will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at CrossPoint Church, 1301 12th St., Modesto. Fitzgerald resides in Oakdale and has authored a number of books relating to training as well as sports nutrition.
A special ‘English Tea Time’ event is being planned by the Oakdale Rescue Mission, set for Saturday, March 30 at 3 p.m. The tea will be hosted at the new ORM facility at 131 W. G St., Oakdale and will include an afternoon of tea, scrumptious food and fellowship with friends. A raffle will be held to help raise money for a variety of needs at the new facility. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased from any Oakdale Rescue Mission board member or by calling Ginger Moore, 510-912-1560 or Karen Guthrie at 209-324-5801. All in the community are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The 12th annual “Build Your Own Omelet Dinner” is planned on Saturday, March 30 at the Escalon United Methodist Church, 2000 Jackson Ave., Escalon, open to all in the area. Dinner includes omelet, potatoes, biscuits, fruit and beverage at a cost of $8 for adults, $4 for children under 10; free for those under five. Hours for the dinner are 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Join Garden Club
Escalon Farmington Community Garden Club will meet on Thursday, April 4 at 1 p.m. at the Escalon Library, 1540 Second St., Escalon, open to all those interested from around the region. The guest speaker will be from Morris Nursery in Riverbank, speaking on the topic of Plant Propagation. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blood Donor Opportunities
Blood donations can be made at a couple of local upcoming blood drives. Eligible donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to make an appointment to give now. Simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a blood donation appointment. In Oakdale, a drive is set for Tuesday, April 2 at Ball Metalpack, 300 W. Greger St., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in Escalon, donors can give on Tuesday, April 9 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church, 2203 California St.
Jesus’ Last Supper was actually a Jewish Passover. Ruth Rosen of Jews for Jesus will re-create the traditional Passover service and explain how it foreshadowed Jesus’ death and resurrection in a presentation called “Christ in the Passover” at Escalon Covenant Church, 1155 Escalon Ave., on Sunday, April 7 at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Ruth Rosen will set a table with items traditionally used at the Passover meal and detail their spiritual significance. She will also explain the connection between the events of the first Passover in Egypt and the redemption that Jesus accomplished, as well as the deep bond between the ancient Passover feast and the Christian communion celebration today.
Spring Art Show
Oak Valley Art Society’s Annual Spring Art Show is on the schedule for April. Dates for this event are Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, with Saturday hours noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday hours noon to 3 p.m. There will be a special reception and raffle on Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the show will be staged at the Escalon Public Library, 1540 Second St. Contact Evelyn Cooper at 209-581-1288 or Carol Earle at 209-380-6288 for more information.
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, April 3. 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.
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 www.tops.org.