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Community Briefs
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Square Dancing

The Skirts ‘n Flirts Square Dance Club will be sponsoring a New Dancer Class beginning Wednesday, Jan. 10. Location for the class is the Oakdale Grange Hall, 30 Lambuth Ave., Oakdale. The Hall is at the corner of West F Street and Lambuth Avenue. Class runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is designed for singles, couples and children 10 or older accompanied by an adult. To register or for more information, contact Pat at 209-556-8524. Come join an activity that is a lot of fun, provides great exercise and the chance to make new friends.


Accordion Club

The Good Time Accordion Club is planning its first 2018 music and social event. The session is set for Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Ave., Escalon. Accordion fans and performers of all skill levels are welcome. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call Karl Wucherer at 209-556-3105.


Lifelong Learners

Modesto Institute for Continued Learning (MICL) will host registration on Thursday, Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for incoming students at the El Capitan Building of Modesto Junior College West Campus. MICL is a learning-in -retirement organization that offers classes, occasional trips and an exercise program. Those interested in learning more about the organization and its services are encouraged to attend. Classes are set to begin Tuesday, Jan. 16. Cost for the 15-week semester is $40. For additional information, visit


Library Activities

It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s snowy white slime. And the Oakdale Library will be making it for their Children’s Craft on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 3:30 p.m. Add some faux snow to the usual slime recipe and enjoy a “unique texture” that really looks like “snow.” There will also be two more Lego Days this month at the library; kids can create their own masterpieces using library Legos beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 18 and 25. Evening Pajama Story Time will be offered at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18. There will be new and classic picture books, flannel board and puppet stories, fingerplays, music, and dancing for little ones and family. Children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal to join in the fun.


AAUW Meeting

At its Thursday, Jan. 11 meeting, members and guests along with prospective members of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Oakdale, Riverbank, Escalon Branch will hear what the Stanislaus Community Foundation is doing to help local students thrive and succeed. The 7 p.m. meeting will be held in a member’s home. Those interested in attending may call (209) 847-0271 for information and directions.


Relay For Life

A Kickoff Meeting for the 2018 Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Relay For Life is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Oak Valley Hospital Conference Rooms, 1425 W. H St., Oakdale. The communities are merging together for this year’s event, to be hosted at Oakdale High School. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Andrea; call or text 707-685-3848 or email


Weight Loss Group

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets every week on Mondays at 9 a.m. at Community United Methodist Church in Oakdale, 1480 Poplar. Visitors are always welcome and the first meeting is free. For more information, contact Audrey Oliver at 209-765-7838. TOPS is an affordable, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization where members learn about nutrition, portion control, food planning, exercise, motivation and more.


Speechtrain Session


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, Jan. 17. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.