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Community Briefs

Blood Drive Thursday

Though spring has officially arrived, the American Red Cross blood supply is still recovering from severe winter storms in March. Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Locally, there is a blood drive on Thursday, April 5, when donors can stop by the Bianchi Community Center at 110 S. Second Ave., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Classic Cars In Ferry

Join in the fun at the Knights Ferry Classic Car Show, scheduled for Saturday, April 7. The show features free admission to enjoy the wide variety of classics on display. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the cars and trucks will line the main street, while there will also be music, food for purchase and plenty of family fun. Parking will be available in designated areas and shuttles will take people to and from the show. Come early for a special Odd Fellows breakfast starting at 7 a.m.


Open House

Foothill Horizons Outdoor School will host an Open House on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their Sonora site. There is no fee to participate. Operated by the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE), this event is geared towards parents whose children have attended or will attend Foothill Horizons Outdoor School. This is also an opportunity for parents to evaluate Foothill Horizons as a place to send their children to summer camp during the summer of 2018. Participants should wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes. For additional information, including directions, visit the website, or call 209-532-6673.


Student Orientation

Modesto Junior College will host its annual “New Student Day” events to enroll high school seniors and other first time students on Saturday, April 14 and Thursday, June 14 on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. Students meet at 8 a.m. in the Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center. Attendance and campus parking are free. New Student Day assists students who are just beginning the process of enrolling at MJC through the steps of application, orientation, assessment and advising workshops. Hands-on assistance with the financial aid application or follow-up steps is available, a parent information seminar is offered as well. Students can register for New Student Day online by visiting and clicking on the bottom graphic. For more information on New Student Day or enrolling at MJC, call (209) 575-6789.


Art Show Upcoming

Oak Valley Art Society is getting ready for its annual Members Spring Art Show, to be held at the Escalon Library on Second Street. Dates for the show are Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22. Show hours are Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 2 p.m., followed by a reception where awards will be given. The artists will also be on hand for the reception, scheduled from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. There also will be a special youth competition and all forms of artwork are welcome, open to ages 7-17. For more information, call Evelyn Cooper at 209 838-3095.


TOPS Meeting

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. 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.