Gatherings for the week of September 11, 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, September 11. . .Patriot Day

Join Garden Club today
Alturas Garden Club will meet for their monthly meeting on Thursday, September 11, at 1 p.m. at the Whistle Stop. The club will be discussing their participation in the upcoming Pink Ribbon Walk to be held in October. Any one interested in learning more about local flowers and plants is invited to attend.

Fire Safe Council prioritizing
Modoc Fire Safe Council meeting will be held on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at the USDA Service Center Conference Room, located at 221 W. 8th Street, Alturas. The Modoc Fire Safe Council will be prioritizing future projects that were identified through the meeting in August.  Project updates will also be given. For more information, please call Stacey Hafen at 530-233-5516.

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.


Taking donations for Rummage Sale
Surprise Valley VFW Auxiliary is now accepting donations for their fall rummage sale. “Please call 279-2558 so we will be able to put the items in the building,” say organizers. Sale date is October 4, 2014 at 9 a.m.

Delightful finds await
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.

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, September 12

“Adopt a Senior” benefit dinner
Modoc Senior Center presents a Barbecue Dinner for everyone on Friday, Sept. 12 at the Elks Lodge, So. Main St., Alturas from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy Chef Danial's barbecued chicken or tri-tip with sides, green salad with his special dressings and yummy desserts created by board members. Tickets: $12 per adult; $5 per child ages 6 and 12 and free to those under five years old.  Elks will tend an open bar. Lemonade and ice water will be provided.  A raffle including a small barbecue will also benefit the Wheels on Meals program at the Senior Center. Mike Conrad and “MMI” will provide the music.

Stop by Gallery
The Art Center is featuring an exhibit titled, “ The 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act: A Children’s Celebration.”  The Art Center staff is delighted to include a collection of exciting wildlife photos from DB Smith, of Fall River Mills. Stop by the gallery at 317 So. Main Street, Alturas. If interested in helping to support the non-profit Art Center, please inquire about membership.

Plenty from which to choose
Lots of recently donated clothes and home furnishings, along with an organ and a treadmill are all on display at the Second Chance Thrift Store this week. Also, 17 kittens and one adult cat await their new loving, forever home. HPHS received a batch of white and black variegated kittens who love people. They will be spayed and neutered next Tuesday and then ready for their forever homes. Check out the wide variety of items donated to the Humane Society to provide for the rescue of dogs and cats.  The store is open Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of First and Court streets in Alturas.

Farmers Markets continue
Surprise Valley Hospital continues hosting the Friday afternoon Farmer’s Market on the grounds in Cedarville, starting at 3 p.m. for the next two Fridays. Please call Carol at 279-2661 with any questions.

Revivals weekly
Rivers of Life Church invites all interested to a free night of Revival, Fridays at 7 p.m. at 316 W. 8th Street in Alturas. Call Pastor Robert Fendler with any questions at 530-510-4418.

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, September 13

Golden State Quartet cancels
The Golden State Quartet will not be performing their night of southern Gospel music at the Alturas Baptist Church on Saturday evening, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m.

Help out Day of Service
Saturday, September 13, will be the 4th annual “Day of Service” Food Drive to support the local food bank at T.E.A.C.H. in Alturas. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints sponsors this Day of Service. Those who donate food and/or money, please have the bags outside by 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 13. Checks should be payable to T.E.A.C.H. If your donation does not get picked up, deliver it to T.E.A.C.H. Contact Melody Davis at 530-640-0986 or T.E.A.C.H. at 233-3111 with any questions.

Bike Ride takes off
Bikers can test their stamina during the Wild West 100 Mile Bike Ride along paved roads in Modoc County. Register at the Veteran's Park near the Locomotive at 6 a.m. for the day long ride.  Sag wagon and radio communications will be provided by the Modoc Emergency Radio Club who will staff five aid stations along the route. Entry fee is $45 per rider, which includes munchies at each aid station and a de-briefing meal at the Niles Hotel. Or, if you want a shorter route of 50 to 60 miles, that can be arranged for the same fee. The ride benefits the Modoc Parks and Recreation District's drive to re-surface the tennis courts in Alturas.

Hot Air Balloons lift off
Alturas Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Hot Air Balloon Festival Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14. Pancake breakfast Saturday, $5 per person at 6:30 a.m. at the corner of Fourth and Josephine Streets, Alturas. Sunday 7 a.m. refreshments, coffee, tea and hot chocolate (same location).

Mutt Strut Saturday a.m.
The Fifth Annual Mutt Strut Dog Show takes place Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at the back of the Veterans Park, So. Main Street, Alturas. Come watch the fun or enter your pooch in any of the six classes for a $5 entry fee. Bring chairs if you don't want to sit on the grass. Ribbons will be awarded for six classes, best costume, look alike with owner and dog, prettiest dog, ugliest dog,  best trick and small dog race. Register the half hour before the event.

Chili cook-off, Old Bag Auction
Round up a team to enter the 2014 annual Chili Cook-Off “Life is Too Short to Eat Bad Chili” for September 13 at Veterans’ Park in Alturas. Pick up an application and submit the $20 entry fee to United Country Stevenson Realty, 1023 N. Court St., Alturas by September 10 or sooner. Last minute entries will be accepted until Sept. 12. The Old Bag Auction starts at 12:30 with the choicest of bags seeded with $1,000 in cash. Live music open mic country jam, vendor booths (no food concessions) will set the stage for a fun morning and afternoon. Vendor forms available at United Country. At 1 p.m., public can enjoy tasting chili, salad and cornbread with a meal bracelet for $5. Then vote for the “People’s Choice” chili until 2 p.m. Alturas Chamber of Commerce will provide a beverage booth with beer, soda and water.

Veterans’ meeting
The regular veterans meeting will be on Saturday, September 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans’ Hall, Alturas. This will be a potluck and barbecue. A support group will be formed at this time.

Aglow hosts local speaker
The Aglow Fellowship is meeting at the Garden Club at the Old Whistle Stop on East Street Saturday, Sept 13. Guest speaker Jerry Shea “has a wonderful message to share and all are welcome,” say organizers. Meeting starts at 10:30 a.m.

Steak dinner in the park
Alturas Rotary and the Alturas Chamber of Commerce will co-host a Steak Dinner in Veterans’ Park, So. Main St., Alturas on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This dinner will coincide with the Balloon Fest, Glow in the Park evening event. Tickets, $15 each. Proceeds to benefit Rotary Service.

Sunday, September 14

Hot Air Balloons lift off
The final lift off for the Alturas Chamber of Commerce Hot Air Balloon Festival lifts off early Sunday, Sept. 14 at Sharp’s Field, corner of East Fourth and Josephine Streets, Alturas. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available at 7 a.m. at the site.

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, September 15

Join Playgroup today
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, September 16

Drought boxes available
TEACH, Inc. is offering Drought Boxes at the roll up door behind TEACH on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. For further information please call (530) 233-3111.

Find out what Toastmasters is
Toastmasters practice many types of speeches and respond to table topics of many subjects. No matter the speech, Franklin D. Roosevelt's advice applies to Toastmasters: "Be sincere, be brief; be seated." - Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) 32nd President of the USA.
Warner Mountain Toastmasters meet each Tuesday noon at the Art Center, 371 S. Main, Alturas. Guests always welcome.

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, September 17. . .Citizenship Day

Health Fair for all
Modoc Medical Center’s Health Fair 2014 will be open to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from noon to 6 p.m. at Veterans’ Memorial Hall, So. Main St., Alturas. The total charge for the lab test/screenings will be $20 (not $20 per test, but $20 for all of them together). A free barbecue lunch will be offered from noon to 2 p.m. – one meal per participant. IPAD door prize, plus prizes to be won at each exhibitor’s table. Over 20 exhibitors to be featured. Watch The Record for more information.

Keep up with Humane Society
High Plateau Humane Society’s annual meeting will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, at the Second Chance Thrift Store, corner First and Court streets. This meeting includes the election of officers.  If you would like to be involved as an officer, board member, or volunteer, call 233-9277 during business hours or stop by the store and leave your name and contact information with the volunteer on duty. Name submissions will be referred to the nominating committee for further instruction. 

Get started with TOPS
Diana Dix is leading the Surprise Valley Chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) every Wednesday. Weigh-in is at 8 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 8:15 at the Surprise Valley Clinic, Cedarville. Everyone is welcome, and you can join at any time – feel free to stop by our next meeting to check it out. Call Diana at the SV Radiology Dept. at 530-279-6111 x1237 or check out for more information.

Thursday, September 18

Join MORT discussions
The Modoc Outdoor Recreation & Tourism Inter-Agency Group will meet Thursday, September 18, 4:00 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service Headquarters, 225 W. 8th St., Alturas. Public Welcome.
Topics for discussion: 2015 Sportsman's & Outdoor Expo, 2015 Sheep Dog Trials and Pit River clean-up.

Free meal
A free meal will be served at Faith Baptist Church in Alturas on Sept. 18 and every third Thursday of the month at 5:45 p.m. All are welcome. Come to the church located on the corner at 810 West Carlos Street.

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.

Coming Soon. . .

Cedarville Jams resume
The Cedarville Jam Group will resume the regular schedule on September 19.  As always, the hour is 7 p.m. at the Surprise Valley Community Church on 4th and Bonner Streets in Cedarville.  Come with your instruments and voice for a very entertaining evening.  Lots of musicians are great, but we need an audience too! We'll see you there.  For questions, call Clarence Wager at 233-5185 or the church at 279-6225.

MUHS 60th Class Reunion
Modoc Union High’s Class of 1954 will hold its 60th year Class Reunion on the third weekend of September. A social will kick off events on Friday, Sept. 19 at the Brass Rail at 6 p.m. Events will move to California Pines Lodge, Alturas on Saturday evening, Sept. 20 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., with another social time followed by dinner at 7 p.m. All upper and lower class members are welcome during the social hours. Contact Chic Keeney (530) 233-2076 or Ginny Albertson, 530-233-2891.

Beef BBQ, dessert auction benefit
Modoc Medical Center Auxiliary welcomes all to enjoy the Saturday, Sept. 20 Beef barbecue and Dessert Auction at Veterans’ Hall in Alturas. Dinner starts at 5 p.m.; dessert auction at 6 p.m. Advance tickets and also at the door: $15 adults; $12, kids 12 and younger. Proceeds to Modoc Medical Center and the Marilyn Sims Scholarship Fund.

Punt, Pass and Kick
Sign up boys and girls ages 6 to 14 for the NFL Punt Pass and Kick competition Sunday, Sept. 21 at noon at Ed Carver Stadium, Modoc High School in Alturas. Visit to sign up or pick up forms at Modoc Middle School, Alturas Elementary or from an NFL flag football coach. Alturas Sunrise Rotary is sponsoring the annual event.

Cheewa James coming
The Modoc County Historical Society will hold its Fall General Meeting/Fundraiser on Saturday, September 27 at the Niles Theater in Alturas at 2 p.m. Keynote speaker and author Cheewa James will present the program. Cost is $5 per person. Public welcome.

Elks host MHS football benefit dinner
Alturas Elks Lodge BPOE 1756 will host a pit barbecue benefit dinner on behalf of the Modoc High School football team to help replace aging football equipment.
Elks famous beef pit barbecue, potatoes, beans, salad and a dinner roll. for $15 per meal. Pre-sale tickets only from Modoc Braves football players.

Pick up meals at the patio behind the Elks Lodge between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sorry no seating; meals will be made to go.

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

Grief Support Group
PEER Grief Support Group “People Exchanging Endearing Reinforcements” meets the second Friday of each month from 1- 2 p.m. in the Surprise Valley Health Care District Conference Room, Cedarville. Drop by and join the newly-established group. Losing someone you love or care deeply about is very painful. Support is available.
Please call Cheryl Azevedo at the SVHCD Clinic at 530-279-6115 with questions.


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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