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Community Briefs

Food Distribution

Stanislaus Veterans Center will host a free food distribution on Monday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Veterans Center is at 3500 Coffee Road, Suite 15, Modesto. Distribution is made possible by Second Harvest Food Bank, Healthy Aging Association and the Veterans Foundation of Stanislaus County. For more information call (209) 525-4670.


Garden Club Meets

The Oakdale Garden Club will host its next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Gene Bianchi Community Center. The welcome back meeting will be an update of all the Club has been doing the past year, as well as plans for the coming year. Current members, as well as prospective members are invited to attend. Coffee and cookies will be served. Bianchi Community Center is at 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale.


Club Collection

Oakdale High School Science Club is currently serving as an eclipse glasses drop off site. Glasses should be brought to the campus, classroom B1 after 3:15 p.m. or at the main office between 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Collected glasses will be sent to South America for the next eclipse occurring in April of 2019.


Accordion Session

The Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Ave., will be the host site for the next gathering of the Good Time Accordion Club. The festivities are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 13 and will feature both music and a social time. The session starts at 7 p.m. and accordion fans and performers of all skill levels are welcome. Admission is $5 at the door. Special guest performer for the Sept. 13 gathering will be Roberto Rosa. For more information, contact Karl Wucherer at 209-556-3105.


International Fest

The 2017 St. Mary’s International Festival is on the schedule for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17 in Oakdale. The festival is designed to celebrate the diverse cultures of Oakdale and will feature events both days. On Saturday, Sept. 16 the church at Olive and Oak will host a Western BBQ dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for kids 6 to 12. Kids five and under eat free. On Sunday, Sept. 17, the festival begins after the 10:30 a.m. bilingual Mass and ends at 5 p.m. There will be a live auction at noon on Sunday, with the silent auction running from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Planned are a kids carnival area with games, activities, a rock climbing wall and more, as well as international food booths, and live entertainment including singers, musicians and dancers. The food offerings will feature American, Mexican, Italian, Portuguese, Filipino, and German cuisine.


The celebration is open to the community.