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Christmas In July
The fourth production of the summer season, “A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol: The Musical Christmas in July”, is scheduled at Hutton’s Hamlet in Oakdale. All of the favorite fairytale characters take on new roles to retell this adaptation of A Christmas Carol that is surprisingly true to the original, yet also very unlike the original. You’ll never know who will show up next when the Big Bad Wolf as Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Midas (Marley), who can turn anything to gold. Midas warns Big Bad that he’ll be visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future – played by a Fairy Godmother, Old King Cole, and the Queen of Hearts, respectively. The ghosts make Scrooge realize what a scoundrel he’s been to the Charming (or Cratchit) family – including Prince Philip, Cinderella, and their kids Hansel, Gretel, and Tabitha, their Little Match Girl – and help him remember what the Christmas spirit is all about. Hutton’s Hamlet Performing Arts Center is at 132 W. G St., Oakdale. For more information, call 209-848-1216. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for 12 and under. Shows are scheduled for Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, July 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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.
Widowed Persons Support
Oakdale Widowed Persons Group invites you to join them the first Saturday of each month for breakfast at 9 a.m. and on the third Tuesday of each month for lunch at 1 p.m.; call for locations. All are welcome to join the group no matter how long ago you lost your spouse. For more information, contact Barbara at 209-322-2184.
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. Just drop in to check it out 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.