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Community Briefs 10-27-21

Women’s Club

The Oakdale Women’s Club (OWC) next monthly luncheon/meeting is set for Nov. 2, 2021 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club, 243 N. Stearns Road. Held under the big tent adjacent to the Country Club’s building, the luncheon/meeting will begin at Noon and is open to all members and their guests who wish to attend; cost of the luncheon is $23 for each person. The Guest Speaker at this special event is Shellie LaMar, who represents the Family Support Network (FSN), a department of the Oak Valley Hospital District. Ms. LaMar’s talk will be about the work the FSN is doing for the community. For reservations and/or information, call Karen at (209) 848-2231 by no later than Thursday morning, Oct. 28, 2021.


Honor Veterans

Remembering and honoring those who died on 9/11 and those who fought in the conflicts that followed, some having given the ultimate sacrifice, is the theme of this year’s Modesto Veterans Parade and Ceremony to be held Saturday, Nov. 13 in downtown Modesto. The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. at 10th and O streets and will travel down Needham Avenue to Graceada Park where the ceremony which annually celebrates the service of local veterans will take place. Anyone wanting to participate in the parade or have a vendor booth at the park must register by Monday, Nov. 1 online at Veterans’ groups can participate free of charge but there is a fee for non-veterans. For more information on the parade, contact Louis Gutierrez (209) 872-3347 or email him at: For information on being a vendor at the event, contact Alexandra Mercedes-Rubio at (209) 602-1902.


Testing Site Open

Escalon Unified School District, in cooperation with the San Joaquin County Health Department and Fulgent Genetics, is hosting a COVID-19 testing site at the Escalon High School Performing Arts Center. This is free, rapid COVID testing and the site is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; enter on the Yosemite Avenue side. They will take drop-ins or you can make an appointment at

The site is open to all area residents; it is not limited to the school district, as anyone in the region is eligible to come in for the free rapid COVID-19 testing.


Gardeners Gather

The next meeting of the Escalon-Farmington Garden Club is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m.; the session will be at Trinity Church, in the side annex, at 1900 California St., Escalon. The program will feature Winter Gardening and Plantings, with guest speaker Ted Hawkins, who is a Master Gardener and an AIS Iris Judge. There will be snacks provided and a door prize will be awarded.

For more information, email, call or text: Lorraine Nicholson, 209-613-8708;


Get Your Pumpkins

Pumpkins and festive gourds are available at nearby Vella Farms, 5136 Dale Road, Modesto, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds from this event benefit the Children’s Crisis Center of Stanislaus County, Inc.; VIPS, the Visually Impaired Persons Support; and the Rotary Club of Salida.


Weight Loss Group

All interested are welcome to join TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) a weight support group that meets in Oakdale every Monday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Community United Methodist Church on Poplar. This group is open to the public and anyone interested in improving their life by losing weight can contact Audrey for more information, call 209-765-7838.