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Community Briefs 2-16-22

Community Briefs provides a listing of events and activities going on in and around the Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon areas. To have an event featured, e-mail the information to


Weather And Climate

Mark the calendar for Friday, Feb. 25 and plan to attend a special Family Science presentation at MJC East Campus Auditorium, featuring keynote speaker KCRA Channel 3 meteorologist Dirk Verdoorn. The presentation will be live on campus at 7 p.m., and also offered on YouTube. Several other guest speakers will take part in a panel discussion on climate. Reserve your seat at this limited attendance event by going to: Attendees must provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Masks are requested of attendees at the live program. To view at home live or for recording, visit: GVMYouTube:

The presentation is recommended for fourth grade and up.


Dance And Socialize

Check out the Golden Agers at the Riverbank Community Center on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with dancing, socializing, live music and fun for all. All adults 55-plus are welcome. Drop in, or become a member. Fees are $5 for members and $6 for non-members. Membership is $15; contact Ellie DeJesus at 209-277-5584 or Lupe Padron at 209-573-5014. The Community Center is at 3600 Santa Fe St., Riverbank.


TOPS Meets Weekly

All interested are welcome to join TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) a weight loss 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.


Blood Donors Needed

Whole blood and platelet donations are always needed by the American Red Cross, which supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood. Potential donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). If there is not an immediate opportunity available to donate, donors are asked to make an appointment in the days and weeks ahead to ensure the Red Cross can replenish and then maintain a sufficient blood supply.