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Community Briefs

Class Reunion Set

Oakdale High School Class of ’57 will host its 60th Class Reunion on Saturday, Oct. 21. The event will be hosted at Oakdale Golf and Country Club, 243 N. Stearns Road, Oakdale. Happy hour begins at 1 p.m. and a buffet lunch offered at 2 p.m. Menu to include salad bar, bread, and a choice of Chicken Piccata or Tri-tip entrée, as well as dessert. Price is $30 per person. For questions and additional information call Emlynn (209) 404-6042 or e-mail


Young Eagles Day

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will host its annual Young Eagles Event on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be hosted at Oakdale Airport, 8189 Laughlin Road, Oakdale. Children ages seven to 18 will be offered free flights. Parent or guardian signature is required. For additional information, call Bill at (209) 652-2237.


Bible Study

A five-session Bible “walk-through” covering both the entire old and new Testaments, from Genesis through Revelation, will be offered at Escalon First Baptist Church from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. on the five Sundays of October, beginning Oct. 1. Escalon First Baptist Church is at 1511 Catherine Way. This informative, fun, interactive style Bible study will allow each participant to have a clear understanding of the flow of the entire Bible, how it is arranged, what happens where, its central message, and how to read, study, and understand the scriptures for the rest of one’s life – all in five short sessions. For further information, contact Pastor Dale Pederson at 209-718-6130. The church’s website address is


Toastmasters Meet

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, Oct. 4. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.


Science Sessions

Modesto Junior College’s weekly Science Colloquium continues on Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m. in the Science Community Center, Room 115, on West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. The Colloquium series offers one hour discussions on timely science-related topics, and is free and open to the public. There is a $2 charge for on campus parking without a permit. October events will include: Oct. 4 – “Genetics Information Explosion and You” by Karin Wagner, MS, LCGC, genetic counselor, Kaiser Permanente; Oct. 11 – “Keeping Local Water Safe” by Ryan Sellman, P.E., Sr. engineer, Carollo Engineers, Inc.; Oct. 18 – “Physics for All” by Don Williams, C.S.U. Fresno Physics Outreach; and Oct. 25 – “How Original California People Used Native Plants Everyday” by Lillian Vallee, Ph.D., MJC professor emeritus of English. For more information on the Science Colloquium contact Richard Anderson, MJC biology professor emeritus, at or (209) 529-5182.


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.


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