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Community Briefs

Library Foundation Meet

The Stanislaus Library Foundation will host Modesto author Juliana Presto at its annual Author’s Garden Gala on Saturday, Sept. 23. The gala will take place at 6 p.m. at the Modesto home of Ginger and Kent Johnson. All proceeds will benefit children’s programs at the library’s 13 branches countywide, including the Summer Reading program, which serves more than 10,000 school-age children each year. Tickets, at $125 each, are available at or by calling (209) 529-1517. The Stanislaus Library Foundation enriches lives in the community by raising funds to support key library programs, increasing awareness, and advocating for a vital library.


Book Club Session

The regular Oakdale Library Book Club will be reading “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet” and then meeting to discuss and share on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 11:30 a.m. You can sign out a copy at the Library and join in. New members are always welcome. The Friends of the Oakdale Library are the main sponsors of many of the local branch programs and prizes. They constantly promote and encourage the great gift of literacy at all levels for everyone. The Friends will gather for their monthly meeting on Monday Sept. 25 at 1:30 p.m. Forms to join and info are available at the Oakdale Library, or call 847-4204.


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.


Speechtrain Meets

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, Sept. 27. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.


Exchange Leaders Needed


ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in the local community. ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world. Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their ‘American Adventure.’ Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community. For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, call the Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email the office at