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Crab Feeds Moved From Community Center
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Participants at the 2018 Bruin Boosters Crab Feed chowed down last February in the Riverbank Community Center. The Boosters, as well as other community groups, have been forced to move their events to venues in other towns this year while the Center is undergoing remodeling. News File Photo

Two local groups have scheduled their crab feeds this year, but not in Riverbank.

The two community service organizations, normally hosting their events in the Riverbank Community Center, have had to move their events to locations outside of town in 2019. They are getting the word out early this year, because of the changes in location.

Both the RHS Bruins Boosters group and the Central Valley Community Resources, CVCR, organization have held their events in the city’s Community Center in the past, but have been forced to move them because of remodeling work being done there presently.

For CVCR, it’ll be their third annual fundraising dinner, to be held this year at the Escalon Sportsman’s Club on River Road. It’s set for Saturday, Feb. 9, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There will be a silent auction held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Also, there will be dancing and a no host bar.

The menu for this event, in addition to Caribbean-style crab, includes tri-tip, jambalaya, rice, corn bread, and much more, according to organizer Darlene Barber-Martinez.

She said individual tickets for the event will sell for $50, or $90 for a couple. There’s a bargain rate for tables of eight seats, $350, with a bonus of a bucket of beer or bottle of wine.

CVCR is raising money to support their transition program for teens who are aging out of the foster care program, between 18 and 21-plus years of age, helping them establish themselves to continue their education or find employment.

Those interested can receive more information at 209-869-3055.

Bruins Boosters have scheduled their crab feed for Saturday, March 30, to be held at the FES Hall in Oakdale. The address is 190 N. Lee Ave., north of Highway 108.

Like CVCR, the doors will open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m.

The Boosters’ tickets will sell for $65, with a table of eight going for $520, but there’s a special ‘early bird’ price of $480 if purchased before Feb. 15. This deal includes a bottle of wine and five drink tickets, according to organizer Kimi Jennings.

She said the menu includes all-you-can-eat crab, trip-tip and shrimp. Also, there will be salad, pasta and rolls.

More information can be found by contacting or by calling 209-278-6721.

The Boosters raise money to help buy uniforms for Riverbank High School sports teams and provide scholarships for graduating senior athletes.

Other community groups have been forced out of their scheduled events by the construction at the Center this spring, some from last year.

The Citizen of the Year Committee has delayed its annual Community Awards Banquet from January until late April, presumably after remodeling is complete. The Riverbank Women’s Club has had to postpone its Christmas luncheon, normally held in early December, and may be able to have a similar event sometime this spring, according to officials.

The city is expecting the renovation work to be complete by early April.