Gatherings for the week of October 30, 2014

“Gatherings” is meant to provide an information outlet for public service announcements for non-profit groups.  Please include the name of the event, time and date it is scheduled and the place and address at which it is being held, name of sponsor, any cost involved and a phone number for the public to call for more information.

Announcements are published free for non-profit groups as space permits. Send announcements to Gatherings: c/o Modoc County Record, P.O. Box 531, Alturas, CA 96101 or stop by the Record office at 201 West Carlos St., Alturas; phone (530) 233-2632 or e-mail to Announcement deadline is 11 a.m. each Wednesday to make the following day’s Record.

Thursday, October 30

SV discusses reducing library hours
Thurs., Oct 30 at 5:30 p.m. - Community meeting in the Cedarville branch of the Modoc County Library, 460 Main Street to discuss the upcoming decision to reduce library hours to one day per week. Past donations have enabled the library to stay open two days per week. Public welcome. Please direct questions or comments to Janet Farschon at 530-279-2506.

Buck-a-Bag deals
Modoc County Library's "Buck-A-Bag Trailer" is open for business Thursdays, noon to 4 p.m. All materials are $1 for a bagful. Donations of books, audio and video materials are eagerly accepted. Please no old encyclopedia sets or large quantities of magazines. Funds from purchases help sustain Modoc County's public libraries.

Modoc Record hours
Modoc County Record office is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by 201 West Carlos Street, Alturas. Ph: 530-233-2632. Fax 530-233-5113.

Join Alturas TOPS
TOPS 1954 meets Thursdays at the Senior Citizens Center, 906 West Fourth St., Alturas. Weigh-in 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Meetings from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. Come find support for Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, which has proven successful for many local residents.

Sign up today
Sign up for The Modoc County Record online access at or email for print, online subscriptions or both. Call 530-233-2632, or stop by the Record office at 201 West Carlos St., Alturas Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Fridays 8:30 -1 p.m. Or mail your information to us at Modoc County Record, P.O. Box 531, Alturas, CA 96101 or stop by the Record at 201 West Carlos Street, Alturas.

Friday, October 31. . .Happy Halloween!

S.A.F.E. Haven
Shine with the Light of Jesus on Friday, Oct. 31, 5 – 8 p.m. at Christian Life Assembly, 225 West B St., Alturas. Join in for some snacks and hot chocolate and take a break from walking around.  Some treats and special items will be given out to all children who stop by S.A.F.E. Haven, says Pastor Clarence McCarty. Everything is free. For more information please call 233-2804.

Warnerview sponsors ‘Adventure’
Trick-or-treaters ages one to 12 years old are invited to participate in the 2014 Halloween Adventure. The Adventure will be held at Warnerview Skilled Nursing Facility on Friday, Oct. 31 beginning at 6:30 p.m. and will end at 7:30 p.m., depending on how long the Halloween treats last.   
Trick-or-treaters are asked to arrive after 6:30 p.m. The adventure will begin at Warnerview’s front entrance, traverse through the main corridor and end at the exit West of the front entrance. Each child will need to bring a container to hold their treats.

Harvest Festival at Grace Point
A Harvest Festival is being held at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene at 212 South Main Street, Alturas (next to Antonio’s) from 5 - 7:30 p.m. on October 31.
The event includes a cup cake walk, games, cocoa, candy and will be fun for all. There will be grand prize drawings for one boy’s and one girl’s bicycle at 6:30 p.m. Please call Pastor Ken at 530-233-7500 with any questions.

Mini Harvest Fest fun
Old Time Bible Baptist Church will host a Mini Harvest Festival for all to enjoy on Friday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Veterans’ Hall, 508 So. Main St., Alturas. Games and prizes, Punch, Kettle Popcorn. OTBBC will provide goodies.

No treats, just tricks for pets
Halloween costumes and decorations still grace the shelves of the Second Chance Thrift Store open Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 – 2 p.m. at First and Court St., Alturas. This Halloween, keep all the goodies and candy away from your pets. Dogs can become very sick after eating chocolate. Beware the dangers of candles in jack-o-lanterns and candies. Keep dogs and cats safely inside their happy home. Even if you have a fenced in yard, don't leave him out there to hear all the crazy goings-ons. Make certain that your dog's ID tag is secure on the collar -- just in case.

Modoc Record hours
Modoc County Record office is open Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by 201 West Carlos Street, Alturas. Ph: 530-233-2632. Fax 530-233-5113. The office is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, November 1

Carnival at Elks Lodge
Rain, snow or shine, bring toddlers to elementary age kids for fun activities during the Fall Festival Carnival on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Alturas Elks Hall, Main Street. Wear a Halloween costume and get a free ticket and a surprise. Xi Zeta Kappa and Delta Omega are sponsoring the event. Proceeds go to their Modoc High Scholarship Fund. Events will be under a provided tent, in case of inclement weather.

Shop Federated Affaire
Jo's dolls have been sewed, cleaned and dressed up.  They and the stuffed animals are waiting to be adopted. Jams, jellies and baked goods are ready for eating. There are holiday decorations and beautiful gifts for family and friends. Keep warm with something hot to drink and cookies. Come to the Federated Affaire, a holiday bazaar, at the Federated Church, First and East Streets, Saturday, November 1, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Punkin’ Chunkin’ Saturday
Chunk a pumpkin for $1 at the Lions Club’s first ever Punkin’ Chunkin’ November 1 from noon - 4 p.m. at Modoc Motorcross rear grounds. Bring pumpkins and trebuchet or have your pumpkin(s) thrown from a visiting trebuchet. Grilled bratwurst, beer and wine will be available. Free admission. Trebuchets/catapults, $10 entry. Access AMX track at the far west end of Fourth Street, Alturas, past the municipal airport and near the mill.

Saturday quilt chances
Quilt raffle tickets will be available on Saturday, November 1 at the Niles Hotel from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. and then at the Four Corners Market from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Proceeds will aid the Cal Pines Volunteer Fire Dept.

Dancing Gidu Celebration
Fort Bidwell Northern Paiute Reservation Gym in Fort Bidwell will be the site for a PowWow and Dancing Gidu Celebration Nov. 1 and 2. Events expected to start with Grand Entry Saturday at noon; dinner break, 5 -7 p.m.; Traditional dinner will be served. Evening Grand entry, 7 p.m. Sunday breakfast, 9 a.m. Grand entry, noon and closing ceremony TBA. Public welcome. Bring a chair. Drug and alcohol free event. Host Drum: Northern Eagle of Chico; MC: Keith Impson; Arena Director: Lynn Schonchin; Head Man: Wesley Whitcraft and Head Woman Amber Drew, both of Fort Bidwell. Call Loyette 530-640-3925 for more info.

Post Halloween Costume Ball
SVEdF Post-Halloween Costume Ball - Nov 1. Dancing, drinks, costume contest and a night of tomfoolery, all for $10 per person. Doors open at 7 p.m. in the dance hall at the Modoc District Fairgrounds, Cedarville. Tickets available at the door, Page's Market, Seab's True Value or from any SVEdF member. Learn more at

Sunday, November 2. . .Daylight Savings Ends

Daylight Saving Time ends
Fall time change will go into effect on Sunday, November 2, when Daylight Saving Time ends. Set clocks back one hour on Saturday night, so as not to be late Sunday morning!

Trap, skeet shooting
Trap and skeet shoots are for anyone interested in having fun and improving his or her shooting skills. The public is welcome to join Alturas Rifle and Pistol Club members at 9 a.m. and shoot or just come and watch. Cost is $5 for members and $8 for non-members. The range is located on Centerville Rd., Alturas. For more information, call Club President Jack Nelson at 530-233-1265.

Monday, November 3

It’s Playgroup time
Alturas Community Playgroup is open to parents with children ages 0-5. The playgroup meets every Monday from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at 802 N East Street (right behind Modoc High School). The playgroup will be closed on major holidays and during Thanksgiving and Christmas school breaks.

Country Jam nights
Alturas Country Jams are open to the public every Monday night at  Veterans’ Memorial Hall at So. Main Street, Alturas from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bring your voice, instrument or come to listen. Admission is free. Donations go to the Flag Fund and supplies. Everyone welcome.

Tuesday, November 4. . . Election Day

Get out to Vote in the General election Tuesday, Nov. 4.  Polls will be open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

VFW Ladies plan events
Nov. 4 at 1 p.m.  The regular meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary to Post 3327 will be held Nov. 4 at 1 p.m.  at the Veterans’ Hall in Alturas. Among items on agenda: Turkey Bingo on Nov. 15 and Blood Bank of Nov. 18.

Soul-O Discoveries night
Soul-O Discoveries will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday night in the Fountain Room of the Niles Hotel. 

Play Bingo at Vets’ Hall
Play Bingo at Veterans’ Memorial Hall every Tuesday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games start at 6 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary 3327 host Bingo nights open to all players 18 and older.

Rides to VA available
The VA van transports veterans to appointments at the Susanville VA Clinic on Tuesdays and to the Reno VA on Thursdays. Veterans are reminded to schedule primary care appointments for those days. To reserve a van seat or to become a volunteer van driver, please call Tom Blanchette, van coordinator at 233-5414. Volunteer van drivers are desperately needed. For an application, please call the above number.

Wednesday, November 5

Lunch Group gets together
Modoc Ladies Luncheon Group will meet at Nacho’s in Alturas for visiting and lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 11:30 a.m. Please call 233-5217 to make a reservation to join them. Newcomers always welcome.

See what Lions is all about
The Alturas Lions Club meets every first and third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Brass Rail in Alturas. Non-members are welcome and appreciated.

Join Chamber of Commerce
The Alturas Chamber of Commerce Board (five members) welcomes all interested to join them at their meetings held the first Wednesday of every month at the Niles Hotel at 5:30 p.m. The next meeting is Nov. 5.

Thursday, November 6

Buck-a-Bag trailer open
The Buck-A-Bag trailer behind the Alturas Library on West Third Street, is open every Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. The used books and media sold there are always a dollar a bagful (our bags). Friends of the Modoc County Library operates the site with volunteers. Proceeds benefit Modoc County libraries.

Coming Soon. . .

Fun way to find out at Meet & Greet
Join the Friday, Nov. 7 Meet and Greet at 5 p.m. at the Brass Rail banquet room to find out about local organizations, who want to introduce themselves to the public and explain their purpose and their many contributions to the community.
Snacks and coffee will be provided. Easels will designate each group’s table featuring informational handouts and a representative available to answer questions and explain what the organization is about to those interested.

“Master Painter, Master Potter”
The November Gallery at The Art Center, located at 317 S. Main St. in Alturas, titled ” “Master Painter, Master Potter”  will feature the fall collection of Richard “Dick” Mackey and the fine art paintings of Edward L. Puchalski.  An opening reception is planned for Friday, November 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend; refreshments will be served.

Fun Dessert, prizes Bingo night
Modoc Senior Center will repeat its successful dessert Bingo again on Sat., Nov 8 at the Senior Center, 906 W. Fourth St., Alturas starting at 6:30 p.m.  A turkey or a ham will be the prize for each bingo game. Two prizes for the black out game are generous gift certificates to a local store.  Board members will provide homemade desserts during intermission. Entry fee is $10 for three cards for each of eight games. Blackout game is $3 per card or $5 for three cards.  All proceeds benefit the Meals on Wheels for local senior citizens. Call the Senior Center for more details at 33-4438.

Time for Aglow
Aglow Fellowship meets November 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the Whistlestop Depot on the corner of East and Fourth Streets, Alturas. Please call Bobbi Jean for more information (530) 921-5813.

Big night for Modoc Farm Bureau
Modoc County Farm Bureau’s Annual Dinner/Auction November 8 will be located at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 507 E. 4th Street, Alturas with the social at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and the auction to follow. Dinner tickets are $15 per plate at the door.  Please RSVP by November 3 at 233-3276. Guest speaker will be Jack Rice, Attorney and Associate Counsel of the California Farm Bureau Federation.

Marine Corps celebrates Birthday
Join in the camaraderie with fellow Marines and Corpsmen to celebrate the 239th birthday of the beloved Corps at the Niles Hotel on Monday, November 10 at 6:00 P.M. in the main dining room.
There will be a no host bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, Honor Guard and a ceremonial birthday cake cutting along with the Commandant’s message to all Marines.
Bring memories, mementoes, laughter and stories to share with all. If you have a uniform wear it. Contact: Dan Macsay 279-6163 or Harry Hitchings 233-6209 for further info. Semper Fi Marines! USMC

Join Modoc Med Auxiliary
Modoc Medical Center Auxiliary meets Monday, Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. in the Education room, across from the hospital and MCOE. Meetings are open to the public. The group welcomes community input. Inquire about the types of membership available: Supporting member - non voting; Voting member - requires mandatory volunteer hours and dues and training. For more information please call Lau Miller, Auxiliary President, 708-1106.

November 11 is Veterans Day
Schools, County, City, Federal and State offices and U.S. Post Offices and banks will be closed in observance of the Veterans Day holiday on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Observe Veterans Day
Alturas Veterans Post will host the Veterans’ Day ceremony and Pancake breakfast on November 11 at Veterans’ Memorial Hall, So. Main St., Alturas. A pancake breakfast for $5 per person will be served from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.  The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

Spaghetti Feed – Nov. 11
Join the Surprise Valley VFW from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for their annual Spaghetti Feed, held at Post #7888 hall, just north of Cedarville. Adults, $10; kids 10 and under eat free. Come support local veterans. Call Larry Stevenson at 541-281-0211 for information.

Veterans meeting
The regular veterans monthly meeting of Alturas Veterans Post (includes VFW Post and American Legion Post) will be held on Nov. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans Hall, So. Main St., Alturas. The Alturas Veterans Support Group (AVSG) will also be part of this meeting.

Turkey Bingo at Cal Pines
It’s always a good time for players, winners and hosts of the Cal Pines Volunteer Firefighters and First Responders Turkey Bingo. Get set for door prizes, turkeys and snacks at the third annual Turkey Bingo on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. at Cal Pines Lodge. Every first Bingo wins a turkey. Tickets for a quilt raffle and Thanksgiving dinner basket, plus lots of door prizes to be given away. All ages can play.

Food relief
TEACH, Inc. will offer Commodities and Drought Boxes on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the roll up door behind TEACH, 112 East Second St., Alturas. Bring proof of income as required. 

SVCDC Soup Buffet & Dessert Auction
The Surprise Valley Child Development Center will hold its annual Soup Buffet and Dessert Auction on November 25. $7 per person for the soup buffet. After dinner, purchase a delectable dessert from the auction. Anyone interested in tickets or donating desserts may contact Patricia Soletti at 530-279-2632.

Support Groups

Modoc County Intergroup Council

AA/Al-Anon/NA Meeting Schedule
AA Helpline/Meeting Info: 877-880-2880

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Alturas NA
105 Carlos St., Alturas
Mondays, 5:30 p.m. Non smoking

No meetings in Surprise Valley at this time

Alturas AA
Brown Baggers
110 West Carlos Street
Mon-Sat, 12 Noon & 7:00 pm, Open
No Noon on Sun.

Hilltoppers Group  
Federated Church
307 East First Street
Mon, Wed., Fri, Sun. 8:00 pm, open,

Traditions Group
Faith Baptist Church
700 West Carlos Street (Corner of Carlos & West)
Tues, 7:00 pm, open, Non-Smoking

Alturas Al-Anon
Al-Anon Group
110 W. Carlos St
Tue. 5:30 pm, Non-Smoking

Cedarville AA
Valley Serenity Group
At Café .22, So. end of Main St.
Monday, 5:30 p.m, Open, Non-Smoking

Sunrays of Hope is a non-profit, drop-in self-help center focusing on psychological wellness, recovery and socialization. The center is open at 113 East North St., Alturas in the Lederer Building, across from Modoc Probation Dept. Contact Billy Diaz, Director for more information at 640-3124 or 233-6312. Transportation is available.
Support groups at Sunrays
The following  support groups meet at Sunrays for Hope, 113 E. North St., Alturas. Interested parties welcome.
Dual Diagnosis sessions
Dual Diagnosis sessions begin at noon on Wednesdays at Sunrays of Hope, 113 E. North St., Alturas. Sondra Tate facilitates. The sessions are open to the public. Food will be provided.

Looking for a place to meet? Tuesdays and Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays Sunrays is available to sponsor the center for private or non-profit groups. Please call Sunrays at 233-9696 or 233-7222 and leave a message for a call back.


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