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Community Briefs 12.8.21


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


Christmas At The Barn

Lorina’s Edible Garden, at 17397 Enterprise Road, Escalon will be hosting its traditional “Christmas at the Barn” event from Friday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 12. Hours are Friday, Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 12 from noon to 4 p.m.

All types of gifts will be featured: Poinsettias, wreaths, succulents, ferns and pottery. Also, spices, spa products, Christmas décor and lots more. Baked goods available will include cupcakes, cookies, gingerbread sugar cookie bars and white chocolate apricot scones. Coffee, loose leaf tea and hot chocolate will also be available and a variety of vendors will have an array of items for your holiday gift giving.


McHenry Mansion Program

On Saturday afternoon, Dec. 11, walk-thru tours will take place in the decorated Victorian McHenry Mansion at 906 15th St., Modesto. The walk thru tours guided by docents in period costume will display the splendor of a Victorian holiday and are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours are free and reservations are not required. Tours begin at the McHenry Mansion Visitor Center and Gift Store at 924 15th St., in downtown Modesto. Due to COVID-19 restrictions masks are required and entry is limited while COVID regulations remain in force. For additional information go on-line to or contact the McHenry Mansion Visitors Center at 209-549-0428.


Weekly Dances

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.


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.