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Community Briefs

Theatre Production

‘Pride and Prejudice’ is the next production of the summer, coming up at Hutton’s Hamlet in Oakdale. Showtimes are Friday, June 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. for the show, adapted from the Jane Austen novel. When a wealthy bachelor moves into the neighborhood, Mr. and Mrs. Bennett are overjoyed because they have five unmarried daughters who they are eager to see married. The show is described as delightfully witty. Hutton’s Hamlet Performing Arts Center is at 132 W. G St., Oakdale.


Museum Docents

Are you looking for a new and interesting volunteer experience? Would you like to help showcase the Great Valley Museum (GVM), located on Modesto Junior College’s West Campus? The Great Valley Museum is offering training for new docents to share information about the habitats, animals, and plants of the Central Valley with museum visitors. Docents are trained to lead guided tours for school and adult groups. A background in science is not required, just enthusiasm for working with people. For more information or to register, call (209) 575-6196 or go to GVM’s “Volunteering” page found at



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


Toast With Toastmasters

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, June 27. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.