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OUT and ABOUT
Chic Outdoors

Out and About is your guide to upcoming events in and around the Riverbank area.

 

Welcome Home Heroes Foundation is hosting a special Patriots Day Blues and Food Truck Festival in Tuolumne on Sunday, Sept. 10. Festivities are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and tickets, $25 apiece, are available at the Modesto and Jamestown Harley Davidson shops or at eventbrite.com. Headlining the festival will be Tommy Castro and The Painkillers along with Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings, AC Myles and the John Clifton Blues Band.

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The final summer session of History’s Mysteries at Columbia State Historic Park is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2. To purchase tickets, visit the park museum or www.friendsofcolumbiashp.com to buy online or contact the park office at 209-588-9128. Costumed volunteers and park staff present a live reenactment and solve a historical case during this interactive event. Reservations are highly recommended. Cost is $5 for adults and $1 for children. Each child under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Sail to Recovery will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 23; it’s a program of the local American Veterans First organization. Sail to Recovery will run from noon to 5 p.m. at the Stockton Sailing Club, 4980 Buckley Cove Way in Stockton. Registration is being accepted now and volunteers with boats are being sought; you can volunteer your boat and register as a skipper. For more information about the program, call Duke Cooper at 209-652-7627.

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The local REO Speechtrain Toastmasters Club gathers for regular meetings every Wednesday morning, 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., at Perko’s Cafe, Patterson and Oakdale roads, Riverbank. This is a fun way to learn the self-confidence and skills needed for public speaking. All are invited to come and check out the group. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 6. For more information, call (209) 869-8200.

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Golden Agers weekly dances are open to those 50 and older from throughout the Central Valley at the Riverbank Community Center. Doors open Wednesdays at 9 a.m.; the center is at 3600 Santa Fe St., and first time guests are admitted free. The annual membership fee is $12 and each Wednesday members pay $5 and non-members can enjoy a few hours of music and dancing for $6.

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Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation in August will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. To receive the free Colorado blue spruce trees, send a $10 membership contribution to: Ten Free Blue Spruces OR Ten Free Dogwood, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Aug. 31, 2017, or join online at arborday.org/august.

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The Stanislaus County Library is looking for local published authors to take part in the Eighth Annual Local Author Fair on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will take place outside on the 16th Street side of the Modesto Library portico. Local authors will have the opportunity to promote their works, as well as sell and sign copies of their publications. There is no cost to participate, but advance registration is required as space is limited. Interested authors should contact Laura Ferrell at (209) 558-7817 to request an event registration form. Completed forms must be received by Friday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. in order to participate.