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Third Week Of Market Sees Familiar Faces, Music
Senior citizen residents of the area brave the near 100 degree heat to come out to receive health and nutrition information and coupons to purchase fresh foods. The program was offered by the Stanislaus County Agency on Aging as part of the Riverbank Farmers Market on Friday.News Photos By Ric McGinnis

For the third week of its summer run, the Riverbank Farmers Market had to overcome the warm temperatures that arrived in the Central Valley late in the week. The number of vendors increased, and the classic car crowd returned as well.


Senior Coupons

Senior citizens stood in line outside the Teen Center early Friday evening, waiting despite the heat for the Stanislaus County Area Agency on Agency to open the doors at 5:30 p.m.

The agency was giving away coupons worth $20 toward the purchase of fruits and vegetables at area Farmers Markets to qualifying low income seniors who live in the county.

Also at the event were organizations providing healthcare information and other services to those in attendance.


Free Music Returns

The sound was similar, the face was the same, but the name of the ‘group’ was different.

Totally Frank returned to the market to perform blues, pop and rock tunes for the crowd. He had played the market earlier this summer, as vocalist-guitarist with The Geezer Band, but returned this past Friday night as a solo act.

Where he was accompanied by a keyboardist and drummer before, on Friday, Frank performed to his own ‘backing tracks,’ prerecorded in his home studio, playing each instrument himself.

This week, the free music is scheduled to be provided by the Rob Hill Band, which also performed during last year’s markets.


Wine Tasting

A wine tasting will be held in the Community Center and the free bounce house will return, but there will be no movie after the market. Instead, the city Parks and Recreation Department will be having a free movie night on Saturday, June 24, at Jacob Myers Park.


No Market June 30

With the extended Fourth of July holiday weekend beginning on Friday, no Farmers Market is scheduled for June 30, so the next one will be on July 7. It will feature the Kids Safety Night and Bike Rodeo. The Classic Car show continues, along with the expected return of the free bounce house.

The Riverbank Farmers Market is scheduled to continue through July 28 at the Community Center Park.