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Community Briefs

Library Show

Children and their families can enjoy an interactive show presented by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company on Thursday, June 15 at noon at the Oakdale Library. This show, entitled “The Ribbles Build a Residence,” will focus on the building of a new, environmentally friendly dream home for the Ribbles, with help from the bird architect Thia Tweet and Brooklyn contractor Gerry the Ant. The audience will also have an opportunity to help the Ribbles by playing interactive games and discovering basic building techniques. This program is best for ages 5 and up, but all ages are welcome.


Bloomingcamp Ranch Concert

Come enjoy an evening of music with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion on Saturday, June 17 at Bloomingcamp Ranch, 10528 Highway 120 in Oakdale. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets (advanced sale or at the gate) are $25. You can purchase them in advance at or by calling 209-847-7437. This will be an outdoor evening of music under the stars. Sara Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion will set the tone for the first Bloomingcamp Ranch concert of the summer. This is a musical duo whose lineage is as impressive as their talents. Guthrie is the youngest daughter of folksinger Arlo Guthrie and the granddaughter of American icon Woody Guthrie. Irion’s songwriting grew of age thanks in large to the mentoring of his uncle, Thomas Steinbeck, son of literary giant John Steinbeck. When Sarah Lee and Johnny married they brought together two of the most iconic American families of the 20th century. This will be an evening of music you won’t want to miss.


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


Paint Nite Fundraiser

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 Slated


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.