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Community Briefs

Weight Loss Support

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.


Toastmasters Club

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, March 14. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.


Pancake Breakfast

Annual Irish Days Pancake Breakfast is scheduled on St Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17 from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. at First Congregational, United Church of Christ on the corner of Algiers and Church streets in Murphys. The menu includes pancakes, ham, scrambled eggs, juice, tea and coffee. Tickets may be ordered by calling the church office at 209-728-3141. They will be sold at the door; $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Proceeds will go to various local and global charities supported by the Church.


Dances For Seniors

Golden Agers weekly dances are open to those 50 and older from throughout the Central Valley at the Riverbank Community Center. Doors open Wednesdays at 9 a.m.; the center is at 3600 Santa Fe St., and first time guests are admitted free. The annual membership fee is $12 and each Wednesday members pay $5 and non-members can enjoy a few hours of music and dancing for $6.


Sailing Opportunity

Women in the military, female veterans, female first responders and military/first responder wives have a special opportunity coming up through American Veterans First. The Sail to Recovery program, Women in the Wind, will be offered at the Stockton Sailing Club on Saturday, April 14 from noon to 4 p.m. This women only workshop is designed to introduce women to sailing through support from peers with a common interest in sailing and a shared experience of serving our country and community. Participants will learn in the classroom and on the water. Registration is required for the April 14 program with a deadline of Friday, March 30. For more information on the program or regarding the scholarships, contact