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Community Briefs

Youth Theater

Hutton’s Hamlet Performing Arts Center, 132 W. G St., Oakdale, is planning for its 19th season of Summer Youth Theater and first up this summer will be ‘The Adventures Of A Comic Book Artist’ on Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10. As janitor at Wonder Comics, Stanley Sappovitz yearns for the day that his boss will see his drawings, and he too can become a comic book artist. When a set of magic pens guaranteed to bring any character to life is ordered and unwittingly creates real-life super villain Dr. Shock Clock, it’s up to Stanley to save the day with his own superheroes in this fast-paced musical comedy. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for 12 and under. Call for performance times, 209-848-1216.


Blood Donors Needed

The need for blood increases during the summer and donors are needed. Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Locally, a blood drive is scheduled in Escalon for Tuesday, June 13, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Christian Reformed Church, 2203 California St. Also the Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave., is open on a regular basis. Those who come out to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross from June 7 through World Blood Donor Day on June 14 will receive a limited-edition Nexcare Give bandage with the theme “Roll up a sleeve and give where you live,” featuring vibrant city-inspired designs reflecting landmarks and locales from around the globe.


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, June 14. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.


Accordion Club Meets

The Good Time Accordion Club will host its next monthly Music and Social gathering on Wednesday, June 14 at 7 p.m., meeting at the Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Ave., Escalon. Accordion fans and performers of all skill levels are invited; admission is $5 at the door. For more information, contact Karl Wucherer at 209-556-3105. The Good Time Accordion Club welcomes you to their events.


Weekly Dance

Golden Agers weekly dances are open to those 50 and older from throughout the region and are hosted at the Riverbank Community Center. Doors open Wednesdays at 9 a.m.; the center is at 3600 Santa Fe St., and 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. On the schedule, the Golden Agers will host an upcoming Black Oak bus trip fundraiser on Monday, June 19. There will be bingo on the bus, food credit, and money to play with at the casino. For more information call 209-573-5014.


Enjoy Paint Nite

A special Paint Nite fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bavaro residence on Sexton Road in Escalon. Tickets are $45 and may be purchased at Reserve your spot now; support the 2017 Miss Escalon Pageant in nearby Escalon by spending a morning outside creating a beautiful painting while sipping mimosas (event open to those 21 and older). The event features two hours of painting instruction, creating your own take-home painting on a 16-by-20 canvas, with painting supplies provided.


Senior Strides


Coming up in September, the Senior Stride Fun Walk event put on by the Modesto Rotary Club provides seniors, families and friends the opportunity to enjoy fellowship, a fun walk, entertainment and more while learning about services and resources available to them in the community. This year will mark the 26th annual event and it is planned for Friday, Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., staged at East La Loma Park. The park is at 2001 Edgebrook Drive, Modesto. Registration fee to participate is $2 and includes a Senior Stride T-shirt, light breakfast, community vendor fair and more. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. To learn more about Senior Stride or to register call (209) 578-9999.