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Community Briefs 01-25-23

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


Community Dance Band

Oakdale Community Dance Band presents its first Concert/Dance of 2023 on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, at 6:30 p.m., at the Gladys Lemmon Senior Community Center at 450 E. A St., Oakdale. All are invited to attend this free event to dance or listen. This program will include an eclectic mix of swing, waltz, cha cha, tango, and Latin tunes – perfectly suited if one of your resolutions for the New Year was to get more exercise and/or have more fun.


Join Garden Club

The February meeting of the Escalon-Farmington Community Garden Club is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m., hosted at the Escalon United Methodist Church, 2000 Jackson Ave., Escalon. Speaker will be Ron Crump and his topic will be ‘Pollination and Pollinators for our Garden Beauties.’ The general club meeting will follow the guest speaker; there will also be snacks, raffles and a door prize drawing.


Quilt Guild Gathers

The Oakdale Quilters Guild is a non-profit group organized for charitable and educational purposes. The February meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m., with members of the guild gathering at Blossom Quilting, 7450 River Road, Oakdale. In addition, the special February class will be a Cathedral Window Flag Class at Blossom Quilting on Saturday, Feb. 25. Available spots are limited and filling up quickly; if interested in attending the class, call 209-345-3357 or email More information is also available at Those interested in learning to quilt or those who are experienced quilters are welcome to join them for a visit.


Osborne Memorial Run

The Oakdale Lions Club is hosting the 31st annual Don Osborne Memorial Run, with registration being taken now. Both a 5k run and a one-mile run/walk will be offered with race day set for Saturday, Feb. 4. The race begins and ends at the William Meyer Park area, at East G Street and South Second Avenue, Oakdale, behind the Oakdale Library. The course is on flat, paved city streets with traffic control provided. The run is held, rain or shine, and pre-registration costs are $20 for adults, $10 for children ages nine to 18; under nine run for free. Race day registration is $25. Make checks payable to: Oakdale Lions Club and mail to P.O. Box 550, Oakdale, CA 95361. Race day registration packet pick up runs from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.; the one-mile run/walk steps off at 9 a.m. and the 5k run starts at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Alan at 209-602-8821 or email him at


Weight Loss Support

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.; they have a new location for 2023, 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 can contact Audrey for more information, call 209-765-7838.


Accordion Club Meeting

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 2023 gatherings are scheduled for Feb. 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3.


Golden Agers Dance

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.


Widowed Persons Group

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.