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Community Briefs 8-14-19

Relay Meeting

American Cancer Society officials have announced a ‘Summer Mingle’ for those who are currently serving on the Event Leadership Committee as well as those interested in learning more about the Relay For Life and how to get involved. The ‘mingle’ meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Charter Oak/Heritage Oak meeting rooms in the Oak Valley Medical Plaza, 1425 W. H St., adjacent to Oak Valley Hospital in Oakdale. Snacks will be provided; plan to attend and bring a friend to learn more about the 2020 Relay. Everyone is welcome.


Town Hall

Meet the leaders in your community on Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Bianchi Community Center from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. as they discuss current events that may affect you, your community or your state. Hosted by Stanislaus County Supervisor Kristin Olsen, guest speakers are scheduled to include: California State Senator Andreas Borgeas, California State Assemblyman Heath Flora, City of Oakdale Mayor J.R. McCarty, and OID Board President Tom Orvis. For more information, call: 209-525-6440 or email at:


Park Concerts

Oakdale Community Band will be the headliner for the Friday, Aug. 16 Concert in the Park hosted by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce. The show runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Dorada Park, A Street and Second Avenue. On Aug. 23, it will be Mark Macsenti and the Taillights and rounding out the summer series will be Barbara Findlay and Jim Ramont on Friday, Aug. 30.


Saturday Shindig

Redeemer Church presents its Shindig 2019 on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dorada Park in Oakdale. This free event will be filled with food, carnival games and fun. For more information, visit


Police Association Dinner

The Oakdale Police Department K9 Association will host its fourth annual K9 dinner on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave, Oakdale. Meet the K9 officers, enjoy a no-host bar, raffle, silent auction, dinner and more. For information, call 209-840-4975 or 209-603-8813.


Mobile Hours

California State Assemblymember Heath Flora (R-Ripon) has announced Mobile District Office times and locations for August. Constituents will be able to meet directly with district staff regarding state issues or concerns they may have. Knights Ferry will be the site for a mobile office stop on Monday, Aug 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Miller’s Hall Museum, 17631 Main Street (Sonora Road). Right after that stop, the MDO will be hosted in Oakdale, at the City Council Chambers, 277 N. Second Ave., also on Aug. 19, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Library Book Club

The ongoing Oakdale Library Book Club for Adults meets later this month. Join in to meet, mingle, and chat with other literature lovers. Read and discover new books, genres, and authors. This month’s selection will be “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivald. Stop by the Library to sign out a copy, then join in for a great discussion on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 11:30 a.m. New members are always welcome.


Classmates Sought

Escalon High Class of 1974 will gather for its 45th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 21 beginning at 5 p.m. The festivities will be at the Escalon Community Center Park and will feature a no host taco truck for dining. For more information, contact


Speechtrain Meeting

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, Aug. 21. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.


Learn To Dance

Golden Agers weekly dances are open to those 50 and older from throughout the Central Valley and are now hosted at St. Frances of Rome Church, 2827 Topeka St., Riverbank. 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. The Golden Agers meet from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


TOPS Session

All are invited to the weekly meetings of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 1034 that gathers each Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 1480 Poplar Ave., Oakdale. The group features help with weight loss in a supportive setting. Residents of Oakdale, Riverbank, Escalon and beyond are welcome to attend. Call Audrey Oliver at 209-765-7838 for information. You can also visit


Enjoy Organ Music

Coming up on Saturday, Aug. 17, it’s an Organ Sampler Concert, hosted at a pair of locations in Sonora. The Sonora Bach Festival presents organist Dr. Daryl Hollinger at 2 p.m., at The Red Church, 42 Snell St., hear Haydn and Lübeck on the Red Church’s historic 1973 Flentrop Pipe Organ. Then, at 3:30 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 13880 Joshua Way, hear Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne by Dieterich Buxtehude and more on St Matthew’s 2016 Allen Digital Organ. There will be a lecture-recital at both locations. Free admission; a donation will be taken. For more information, visit or call 209-536-6330.