By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Community Briefs

County Trash Day

Volunteers are being sought for the first Stanislaus County Trash Day, set for Saturday, March 17 throughout the county. One-hour minimum commitment is requested of volunteers to pick up trash at any location in Stanislaus County. Call 209-521-1840 for more information or to make a commitment.


Lions Club Breakfast

Make plans to enjoy the Oakdale Lions Club 64th annual Ken Ewing Memorial Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 18. Breakfast will be served at the Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave.., Oakdale and prices are $10 for adults, with those under eight admitted free. Breakfast hours are 7 a.m. to noon. Purchase tickets from Lions Club members or at the door.


Curves Food Drive

Going on now, the Curves Annual Food Drive, offered from March 12 through March 24. Donate one bag of food and pay no enrollment fee to join Curves during this two-week window. Curves, at 113 N. Third Ave., is locally owned and operated. Bring in a grocery bag filled with non-perishable food items and get started on your own way to healthful living. Donations benefit local food sharing programs. Call for more information, 209-845-0553.


Recycling Day

On Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, Oakdale residents can bring household hazardous waste to the Public Works Corporation Yard, 455 S. Fifth Ave., for recycling. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon, or until the yard is full. The Household Hazardous Waste can include car batteries, pool and spa chemicals, aerosol products, used oil, fertilizers and more. Those attending are asked to label all materials being recycled. Both days will also feature an E-waste recycling for electronic products and waste tire recycling. For more information, call Oakdale City Hall at 209-845-3571.


Spotlight On Women

Women’s History Month events have been scheduled through San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. “The Ito Sisters – An American Story,” a documentary about the experience of Japanese Americans, will be shown at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 at the Tillie Lewis Theatre. The film is presented by the Stockton Japanese American Citizens League and by Delta’s Asian Pacific Islander American Staff Association. The film “Liberated,” will be shown at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 at the college’s West Forum. The film tells the story of a young man who fled Oaxaca, Mexico for the United States 20 years ago, returning later as a transgender woman and healthcare advocate. The Delta Pride Center will welcome Alejandra, who is portrayed in the film, and film director Brenda Avila-Hanna for a question and answer session.


Mountain Music

Make plans to attend a special afternoon of music, featuring the original music of international songwriters, Alex Kash and Bethany Dalton-Kash. The concert is scheduled for Thursday, March 15 at 1 p.m. at Columbia Nursery, 22004 Parrots Ferry Road in Sonora. Tickets, available at the door, are $20. The concert will be outdoors or indoors, depending on weather.


Sail To Recovery

Women in the military, female veterans, female first responders and military/first responder wives have a special opportunity coming up through American Veterans First. The Sail to Recovery program, Women in the Wind, will be offered at the Stockton Sailing Club on Saturday, April 14 from noon to 4 p.m. This women only workshop is designed to introduce women to sailing through support from peers with a common interest in sailing and a shared experience of serving our country and community. Participants will learn in the classroom and on the water. Registration is required for the April 14 program with a deadline of Friday, March 30. For more information on the program or regarding the scholarships, contact


Speechtrain Session

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, March 21. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.