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Residents Looking Forward To More Fun In Community
It isn’t too soon to start planning; Riverbank Parks and Recreation officials are looking for people to host ‘scare sites’ for the annual Halloween Haunted Hayride in late October. This group from a previous event at Jacob Myers Park enjoyed the chance to add a little spookiness to the Halloween observance. News File Photo

The City of Riverbank’s Parks and Recreation Department hosted a movie at Jacob Myers Park this past Saturday, Aug. 14. They have a variety of programs and events coming up like Scuba Diving, Parent’s Night Out, and fall festivities.

Though still seeing some triple digit heat in the Central Valley, city officials are already looking ahead to the cooler weather and also are looking for volunteers for Halloween. The plan is to put on the annual Halloween Haunted Hayride once again this year and volunteers are needed to put together scare sites. The hayride event is slated for Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23. Along with the scare sites, there will be a Scarecrow Decorating Contest with the top five best scarecrows displayed in downtown Riverbank.

For more information on the Halloween events, visit or call 209-863-7150.

The attendance at the recent movie night in the park was down from movies in the past, said officials, with about two dozen people turning out to take advantage of the evening film. The movie presented was “Dora and the Lost City of Gold.”

The free Summer Concert Series, which was held in 2019, was a success with people filling up Jacob Myers Park to see live music. Pandemic restrictions did not allow them in 2020 and officials said, unfortunately, due to staffing issues this summer the concerts were canceled once again. Recreation Supervisor Tony Lemonds expressed that they will revisit the concert series for summer 2022.

The final Suba Diving class for this summer will be held on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. Interested parties can register online at The Community Pool will close for the season on Saturday, Aug. 28.

New to the event list this year is Parent’s Night Out. That is scheduled on Friday, Sept. 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Parents are invited to bring their kids from ages 6 to 12 to the Riverbank Teen Center for an evening of movies, games, and crafts. While the kids enjoy their time at the center, parents can enjoy their own evening out.

Meanwhile, wine tasting tickets are available for purchase at the Parks and Recreation office or online at for the Cheese and Wine Festival. The two-day fest is planned for Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10.

While this scarecrow was featured in a previous Haunted Hayride and put together by the Women’s Club, local residents can take part in a special contest coming up for this Halloween, with top scarecrow entries to be displayed in the downtown area. News File Photo