Oak Valley Art Society members enjoyed an interesting program at their monthly meeting on Saturday which featured an interesting program by Escalon artist, Dorothy Girling and her husband Bob. Dorothy displayed some of her work and gave suggestions on the use and care of various art mediums. Bob spoke on the best way to ready paintings for hanging, using plastic tubing to cover frame wire to keep from damaging the painting. Dorothy also leads a sketching class one afternoon a week at the Escalon library which has proven very beneficial to those interested in improving their drawing skills.
OVAS president, Glenn Burghardt was welcomed back by Club members. He has had to miss three meetings due to illness, and was happy to be back and presiding over the meeting.
Kindergarten and first grade students at Valley Home School had fun celebrating the 100th day of School on Thursday. Kindergartners created a special snack mix with 100 goodies to eat. They counted out 10 Cheerios, 10 pretzels, 10 chocolate goldfish etc. for a tasty treat. They also wrote down what 100 things they would like to wish for. One student, Natalie reported she would wish for 100 goats to rope and Davie would wish for 100 horses to ride. Emilee reported that they made “tutti fruitti” necklaces with 100 edible pieces in Miss V’s first grade class. In Mr. C’s first grade class, the students celebrated the 101st day of school because after all, they are First graders!
It was surprise party time at the home of Kate Hart and Tamra Kay McConnell last Wednesday afternoon for good friend and neighbor, Winnie Mullins. Among the guests at the festivities were family members visiting from North Carolina, Kate’s sister and brother-in-law Bob and Kristen Ingebritson, brother John Cota, dear friends, Vicki Dickens with son, Austin Dickens, and Glenn and Laura Burghardt. All had a great afternoon helping Winnie celebrate her special day.
Our 4-H members are gearing up for their annual Valentine Special Social Event at their upcoming meeting on February 7th. The event will be held at the Valley Home School Gym and the fun will begin at 6:30 p.m. This meeting is always one that is looked for with lots of anticipation. Decorated boxes filled with delicious goodies are “raffled” off as a special fundraiser for the Club. The boxes are always decorated to match the Valentine festivities, and Club members have a great time trying to figure out just what type of delicious morsel might be hidden inside. Proceeds from the bidding for the boxes will go for 4-H projects during the year.
The News received word from Kate Hart that the Stanislaus County 4H Creed Competition was held on Saturday, January 21 at the county office. The Valley Home 4H Club members that competed were Jessica Hatfield, Kinsey Ollis, Madison Killian, Sophia and Katie Schwandt. The girls worked hard, were well prepared and all came home winners. We are extremely proud of our Valley Home 4H’ers!
Last week this column announced that the quarterly Valley Home MAC meeting scheduled for last Wednesday had been changed to next Wednesday, February 1st. Be sure and mark your calendar for this date as two items on the agenda demand your attention. Three new council members, Winnie Mullens, Kate Hart and Chris Hempleman will be sworn in by County District One Supervisor William O’Brien and secondly, there will be a report on the mold situation at the Valley Home Fire House which has been related to the closing of the station. There will be other items receiving reports or discussions – Sheriff Department, California Highway Patrol, election of new MAC officers and a report from Valley Home Safety Committee. Every interested resident should attend the meeting on February 1, at 6:30 at the Valley Home School Library at the portable building at the Pioneer Avenue school campus.