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Community Briefs 6-14-23

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


Saturday Downtown Event

The Oakdale Morning Market is now open every weekend on North Third Avenue in Oakdale. The weekly Saturday morning event is a project of the non-profit foundation Love Oakdale and will be hosted each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. through Saturday, Sept. 30. Each week will include a few food truck options, as well as a number of vendors offering everything from produce, meat, eggs, bread and a variety of other food as well as fun items to give the market diversity.


Musical Entertainment

All are invited to come and listen to “The lads and lasses of Brennan’s Parlor” as they host a monthly Irish music jam (aka ‘Ceilidh’) in the back room of the H – B Saloon, located at 401 E. F St., Oakdale, on the third Monday of the month from 6 p.m. to roughly 8:15 p.m.; with the next gathering on June 19. They welcome anyone – players, singers, or listeners – with an appreciation for Celtic music to join the fun.


Escalon Farmers Market

The next of the regularly scheduled Escalon Farmers Market events this summer is set for Wednesday, June 21. Offered in and around the city’s Main Street Park, hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and there are vendor booths, food and beverages, fresh produce vendors, toys, handcrafted items and more. The market is hosted on the third Wednesday, with June 21 the next date, followed by the last two sessions on July 19 and Aug. 16.


Golden Agers

Check out the Golden Agers dance group 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. Just drop in to check it out or become a member. Fees are $5 for members and $6 for non-members. Membership is $15. The Community Center is at 3600 Santa Fe St., Riverbank.


River Rendezvous

This is the final week to get tickets for the Escalon Historical Society Museum’s River Rendezvous event, set for Saturday, June 24. Hosted as a fundraiser for the museum, tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased at the museum, 1630 Main Street, Escalon, during open hours, noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays; by calling 209-838-8070; or by contacting Sandy Russell at 209-838-1275. Setting for the dinner is the Del Rio Vista Garden, at 25306 East River Road, Escalon, with dining overlooking the Stanislaus River. This is the organization’s annual fundraising dinner; no tickets will be sold at the door. Happy hour is at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Music for the evening will be provided by Randy Mandy and the Frequency Experience.


TOPS Meeting

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.; meeting at 7450 River Road, Suite 4, Oakdale. This group is open to the public and anyone interested in improving their life by losing weight is welcome to attend.


See The Stars

The next scheduled Astronomy in the Park event will take place on Saturday, June 24 at 8:30 p.m., Oak Grove Regional Park, I-5 at Eight Mile Road, Stockton. Presented by The Stockton Astronomical Society, Oak Grove Docent Council and San Joaquin County Parks, the event is free but there is a $6 cash parking fee. View planets through giant telescopes after sunset; the June 24 program will feature viewing a Star Cluster and Whirlpool Galaxy. For more information, call 209-953-8800.


Monthly Market Place

All are invited to come to eat, shop and/or sell your wares at Market Place on Poplar, with the next event coming up July 1. On the first Saturday of each month, Community United Methodist Church at 1480 Poplar in Oakdale, hosts this event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Market Place offers an opportunity to shop for unique finds or enjoy a selection from Chef Lee’s popular lunch menu. Eat in, or take away. Interested vendors can contact for more information on reserving a $20 booth space. Additional dates through the end of 2023 are Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2.


Enjoy Accordion Music

The Good Time Accordion Club members meet on a regular basis, the first Sunday of the month at 2:30 p.m., hosted at the Escalon United Methodist Church, 2000 Jackson Ave., Escalon. Admission is $5; there are free refreshments provided. The club presents musicians of all levels and many musical styles. Anyone can bring an accordion and play or just come to enjoy listening to the musical performances. The remaining 2023 gatherings are scheduled for July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3.