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Valley Home News for October 28, 2009
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There were lots of happy smiles to be seen on the faces of those attending the PTC sponsored Harvest Festival held at the Valley Home School Pioneer Ave campus on Saturday evening. The parking lot at the school featured a 4-H Petting Zoo and lots of fun activity booths manned by the students. Inside the multipurpose room were tables decorated with fall foliage where family members could sit and enjoy delicious food and soft drinks. Highlighting the menu was a meal combo offing a tri-tip sandwich made and served by Gina Betschart and Family - Ferrarese’s Catering.

Photographs of the Scarecrow contest displays were featured on the wall near the food booth. First prize in the Family entry went to the Thompson family located on 26 mile Road, with second and third place to the displays located on Walnut Avenue. The Swanson family received an award for originality for their entry featuring tombstones.

The hall was filled with numerous tables holding a vast number of wonderful silent auction items. Guests were teased by all kinds of wonderful things — something to spark everyone’s interest. Against the front wall of the multi-purpose room were wonderful collections of many nice items assembled by each school class.

All those who helped to make the evening event so much fun for all deserve a big round of applause for their abounding efforts!


Valley Home members of the Oakdale Garden Club were among those attending the Club’s annual “Down by the River II” event at the home of Pat Paul in Oakdale. In addition to touring Pat’s beautiful garden and home, members enjoyed a display of beautiful quilt art and stained glass displayed on the patio area overlooking the fast moving Stanislaus River. Refreshments were served in the patio area where guests could relax and enjoy the beautiful riverside setting.


Estelle Barnhill shares this update on the upcoming afternoon of Silent Movie Film Fun slated to be shown on November 8th at the Valley Home St. John’s/St. Luke’s Church. The film entitled The Gold Rush starring Charlie Chaplin, was made in 1925 and is considered to be his most ambitious film and a masterpiece of comedy. The plot revolves around the middle of the Gold Rush. A Lone Prospector played by Charlie Chaplin searches the tundra for gold. But he finds more than gold; he finds love, and an uproarious adventure that forever changes the lives of the people that he meets.

Highlighting the film action is the musical background provided by Dave Moreno on the Church’s historic Robert Morton Theater pipe organ that once entertained listeners at Coney Island. Appearing once again with Moreno is T.V. personality, Matias Bombal who will provide additional musical entertainment and interesting information about the movie. There is no charge viewing the movie, however a free will offering will be accepted.

Filmgoers will have an opportunity to enjoy free ice cream following the movie at tables set up in the Church basement. Homemade pie will also be available priced at $2.50 a serving, a real treat which can be combined with the ice cream. For sale as well are whole “pies to go.”


A short report on the Valley Home Community Center Park states that the wait is for a power pole, which has been ordered from Oregon and said to arrive in about two weeks. After its arrival it will be placed in the ground near the pavilion, and then hooked up with electric power by PGE workers. Then the project will be back on schedule.