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Community Briefs
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Church Hosts Event

Celebration Center Oakdale Church will host “Hot August Night,” a community outreach event on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The church will offer hot dogs, drinks, a dunking booth, pie eating contest, games and music. Earlier that day a church yard sale will be hosted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Missionaries for “Go Missions.” Celebration Center Oakdale Church is located at 522 E. E St., Oakdale. For additional information call 402-5694.


MJC Orientation

The Human Services Program at Modesto Junior College is sponsoring a Fall 2016 Orientation on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room 218 of the Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) Building on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. The public is invited to participate in this free event, which showcases the degrees, certificates of achievement, and skills recognition awards available to students in human services, chemical dependency counseling, psychosocial rehabilitation, and gerontology.


Classic Car Show

Escalon Lions Club continues to host its summer ‘Pre-Cruise’ Friday night car shows every week at Hula’s Restaurant on Jackson Avenue in Escalon. Show hours are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; just two Fridays remains prior to the Autumn Cruise. All are invited to come display their classic autos or just come to enjoy the show and talk some shop, with the last two Friday events set for Aug. 26 and Sept. 2. Featured are music, prize drawings, good food available at Hula’s and the chance to learn more about some classic cars. The annual downtown cruise is also fast approaching, set for Saturday, Sept. 10.


Farm To Fork

Lorina’s Edible Garden on Enterprise Road in Escalon, in cooperation with the Escalon Chamber of Commerce, is again planning a special Farm to Fork Dinner. The event is set for Saturday evening, Aug. 27 starting at 6 p.m., cost is $40 per person and tickets are available by visiting the website, There will be fresh produce sourced from local farmers and prepared with herbs from Lorina’s garden, as well as barrel cooked tri tip and chicken. The evening will also feature a selection of fruits and there will be wine, beer and sangria available at the no host bar along with live music. All this will be served up in the family orchards surrounding the vintage barn on the Enterprise Road property.


Toastmasters Meet

Riverbank welcomes the REO Speechtrain Toastmasters Club 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, Aug. 31. For more information, call (209) 614-8462.


Fallon House Show

Sierra Repertory Theatre presents ‘The Robber Bridegroom’ at Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St, Columbia from Friday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 25, with various show days and times. Set in eighteenth century Mississippi, the show follows Jamie Lockhart, a rascally robber of the woods, as he courts Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the country. The proceedings go awry, however, thanks to a case of double-mistaken identity. Throw in an evil stepmother, intent on Rosamund’s demise, and her pea-brained henchman, and you have a rollicking country romp. Tickets are $32 to $37, with child, group, senior and student discounts available. Call the box office at (209) 532-3120 or visit the website for show information at The Fallon House is a restored Gold Rush-era theater and inn located in Columbia State Historic Park and seats 274.


Call For Authors

The Stanislaus County Library is looking for local published authors from around the Central Valley to take part in the seventh annual Local Author Fair on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will take place outside on the 16th Street side of the Modesto Library portico. Local authors will have the opportunity to promote their works, as well as sell and sign copies of their publications. There is no cost to participate, but advance registration is required as space is limited. Interested authors should contact Laura Ferrell at (209) 558-7817 to request an event registration form. Completed forms must be received by Friday, Sept. 9 in order to participate.


Host Families Sought

Cultural Homestay International (CHI), a non-profit high school organization is looking for volunteer local host families for international high school boys and girls. These students are 15 to 18 years old and are coming to this area for the school year or semester. Those persons interested in obtaining more information about becoming a host family should call Adrianne Koford, 1-707-637-3775 or e-mail,