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Community Briefs

Accordion Club

The next Accordion Music and Social gathering of the Good Time Accordion Club is planned for this evening, Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Escalon Community Center. The club meets the second Wednesday of each month (third Wednesday in November) and accordion fans and performers of all levels are welcome. Admission is $5 at the door, and the Community Center is at 1055 Escalon Ave., Escalon. For more information, contact Gayle Certini at 209-526-3627. The club also accepts donated accordions.


Volunteers Needed

Oakdale Junior High PTC is still in need of event volunteers for the 18th Annual Crab Feed. Volunteers are needed for one to two hour time slots for this annual fundraiser. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and is being hosted at Gene Bianchi Community Center, Oakdale. Persons interested in helping or inquiring about tickets may call Michelle Smith 209-324-8166.


Gift Shop Sale

Oak Valley Hospital District Gift Shop, 350 S. Oak Ave., Oakdale, is hosting an ‘Out with the Old’ sale on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. only. There will be storewide savings, with items from 15 to 75 percent off. Look for savings on holiday items, overstocked items and take advantage of $5 jewelry. The gift shop is open to all; come in for some shopping and great deals.


Weekly Toastmasters

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, Jan. 20. For more information, call (209) 614-8462.


Women’s Club

The February meeting of the Oakdale Women’s Club will be held at Oakdale Golf and Country Club on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The menu for lunch is General Chicken with sticky rice, egg rolls and for dessert will be a Raspberry Torte. Luncheon begins at noon. All Oakdale and surrounding area women are invited. Guest speaker will be Chef Dan Quint, who is the Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director, with the topic of “Cooking over the Top!” This is not one to miss so everyone who wants a reservation should contact Elaine Hogg at 209-322-3338. She will reserve you a seat for a $16.


Memorial Run

The Don Osborne Memorial Run will be hosted on Saturday, Feb. 6. The 1 mile/5k race will begin at the Oakdale Library at 9 a.m., rain or shine. Registration is $25 per person. Proceeds from the event benefit programs and events supported by the Oakdale Lions Club. For additional registration information, call Alan Graham 602-8821.


Spaghetti Feed

It’s almost time for the 27th Annual Spaghetti Dinner, put on each January at the Escalon United Methodist Church at 2000 Jackson Avenue, corner of Highway 120 and Brayton Avenue in Escalon.

Date for this year’s spaghetti dinner is Saturday, Jan. 23 and the event runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This ‘All You Can Eat’ Spaghetti Dinner includes spaghetti with meat sauce, salad with Italian dressing, garlic French bread, ice cream cup dessert and punch or coffee to drink. Take-out dinners are also available. Tickets are $8 for adults; children ages 5- to 12, $4; under 5 eat for free.

Call for more information, 209-838-2020.


Walking Program

Young at Heart (YAH) S.T.E.P.S. will begin on Feb. 1 and run through April 24. The Healthy Aging Association, in partnership with the Vintage Faire Mall and Central Valley Medical Group, will be implementing the 12-week walking challenge. Register at the Healthy Aging booth on Feb. 1 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to join the challenge at Vintage Faire Mall. For additional information call 209-523-2800 or visit


Youth Symphony

Join the Central Valley Youth Symphony in celebrating its 50th Year Anniversary featuring Alumni and Music Educators on Saturday, Feb. 6 with 4 p.m. rehearsal and 7 p.m. concert with Gala Party to follow located at the Charlene Powers Lange Performing Arts Theater, Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi. For tickets visit or call (209) 333-6782. Organizers are looking for CVYS Alumni and Music Educators to play at this concert. Sign up at or call 1-888-367-2897.


Calendar Fundraiser

Calendars featuring artwork by local students and celebrating salmon are available for $5 at the Great Valley Museum located at Modesto Junior College West Campus, or by contacting Jamie Meek at or Teri Curtis at Proceeds from the calendar will be used for the 2016 Salmon Festival. Each year, the Stanislaus River Salmon Festival Planning Committee invites young artists to celebrate the return of Chinook salmon to the Stanislaus River through participation in the Salmon Festival Art Contest. Through their artwork, students are encouraged to depict salmon living in the river or ocean.