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Community Briefs 4-17-19

Library Activities

Thursday, April 18, starting at 3 p.m., don’t miss the Dia! Celebration Day of the Child, Day of the Book at the Oakdale Library, 151 S. First Ave, Oakdale. There will be a great bilingual Story Time, crafts, and a free book give-away. Plan to have the whole family attend this multicultural educational event. Toddler/Preschool Dance Fun is scheduled on Monday, April 22 at 11 a.m. They’ll be “rockin’ out” to some favorite Story Time music as well as trying the hula, the Twist, or perhaps a Mexican Hat Dance. Computer Basics Classes For Adults will be offered on Tuesdays, April 23 and April 30, at 10:30 a.m. Learn at your pace in this small personal setting. Call the Library to reserve your spot. Each session is limited to four people. Call 209-847-4204.


Mustang Reunion

The Class of 1969 from Oakdale High School is planning for a 50-year class reunion. Date for the event is Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 and the festivities will be at the Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Community Center, 450 E. A St., Oakdale. Cost is $40 per person or $75 per couple if paid by Aug. 1; cost after that is $50 per person. The reunion will run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a buffet dinner starting at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Marcia Lilly Allard at 209-404-9572.


Art Show Slated

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.


Mother’s Day Tea

McHenry Mansion Foundation Tea will feature a Celebration of Mothers on Saturday, May 11 at McHenry Mansion, 906 15th St., Modesto. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and the cost is $30 per person. Reservations are required; contact Janie at 209-522-1739 no later than May 7 to make your reservation for this special Mother’s Day program.


Shower Sign-Ups

Center for Human Services - Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center will host its Fifth Annual Community Baby Shower on Saturday, May 4. Up to 15 women can attend the event and each woman is encouraged to bring a support person for a total of 30 attendees. To register for the event, call CHS-Oakdale Family Resource Center at (209) 847-0420. Spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis and each participant who registers and completes forms in advance will be entered into a special prize drawing. While the baby shower is going on, dads-to-be can participate in a New Dad Boot Camp with special prizes just for them.


Spring Concert

The Modesto Junior College Department of Music presents the Symphonic Band Spring Concert on Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Main Auditorium on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. The event is open to the public and admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted. Free campus parking is also available for the evening to accommodate concert attendees. For more information contact Director of Bands Erik Maki at or (209) 575-6184.


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


Toastmasters Gather

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 24. 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.