Hamburger Night Benefit
Join the Oakdale VFW Post tonight, Wednesday, Aug. 3 for the next of its monthly hamburger night fundraisers. Hours are from 5:30 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m., at the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds clubhouse. Attendees can stay after eating to socialize. All donations at the dessert table at the monthly dinner go to purchase wreaths for Wreaths Across America. The local VFW and Auxiliary’s goal is to have a wreath on every grave at the Santa Nella Veterans cemetery.
Community Christian Reformed Church of Oakdale will be hosting a movie night at Bloomingcamp Ranch, Oakdale, on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. The featured showing will be Miracles from Heaven. Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for the viewing.
Oakdale Women’s Connection will host its monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Papapolloni Mediterranean Bistro, 1214 W. F St., Oakdale. Luncheon buffet is $18 per person, reservations required by Aug. 8. This month’s guest speaker will be Tom Kobayashi speaking on his journey to “true happiness.” For information and reservations call Barbara at 847-5605.
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. 10. For more information, call (209) 614-8462.
The Good Time Accordion Club meets the second Wednesday of each month for their musical and social gathering at the Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Ave., admission is $5 at the door. Meetings are at 7 p.m. and the remainder of the club’s meetings for 2016 are scheduled on Wednesdays, Aug. 10; Sept. 14; Oct. 12; Nov. l9 and Dec. 14. Accordion players of all ages and levels are welcome, in addition to listening enthusiasts. The club also accepts donated accordions. For more information, contact Gayle Certini at 209-526-3627.
Grab a cowboy hat and low-back lawn chair or blanket and settle under the shade of heritage oaks at the first ever Red Dirt and Gold Dust Music Fest (RDGDMF), set for Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp. Tickets are on sale now at www.reddirtandgolddust.com for $25 each, and may also be purchased at the Angels Camp Body Shop, 1270 S. Main St., Angels Camp. The all-day event will host seven of the Red Dirt industry’s popular and up-and-coming bands. Tickets will rise to $30 the day of the event so there is great value in buying early. Parking is an additional $5 charge. No outside food, beverages or coolers will be allowed on the Fairgrounds.