Gatherings for the week of August 28, 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, August 28

Library closed for maintenance
The Modoc County Library’s Alturas Branch, located at 212 West Third St., will be closed through Friday, August 29 for annual maintenance. Materials returned in the outside book drop will be checked in regularly. The library will reopen on Sept. 2.

Prepare for childbirth – classes help
Sign up for the free, five-week series of Childbirth Education classes to be held on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. August 28 through September 25.
Classes will be held at the Early Head Start Center at 901 NE “A” Street in Alturas. All expectant women and their birth partners residing in Modoc County are welcome to attend. For more information or to sign up, please call Tanya at 233-6311 or Karolyne at 233-7317. 

Food Link delivery coming
Foodlink trucks will deliver fresh produce to Modoc County Veterans Park for low-income families on August 28 from noon to 2 p.m.
The special giveaways are sponsored by Lassen County Council, Modoc Emergency Food Bank, T.E.A.C.H., Inc., Foodlink Sacramento and USDA Commodities. Please contact Jesika or Lola at T.E.A.C.H., at 233-3111. Deliveries will also be made on Sept. 25 and October 23 (weather permitting).

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, August 29

Fair lines up events
Lake County Round-Up the fair in Lakeview, OR Fair opens Friday, Aug. 29 at 9 a.m. Country music star Dustin Lynch performs at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. On Monday, Sept. 1, the Fair parade starts at 10 a.m. in downtown Lakeview.

Second Chance has pets, fashions
As August wanes and fall is on the horizon, Second Chance Thrift Store offers men's, women's and children's clothing in an orderly, neat fashion.  If it’s kitties you want to visit or adopt, HPHS has them tucked into their cages, from a wonderful, friendly senior female looking for a serene home to rollicking, frolicking kittens. Stop by Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Do not try to drop off a litter of kittens; the cat room is crammed, but HPHS has a few nice dogs needing homes.

Still time to swim
The JP McHugh Alturas Municipal Swimming Pool will be open Friday, August 29 from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. for lap swimming and 6:30-8:30 p.m. for public recreational swimming. Final swim day is Saturday, Aug. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. for laps; and 1-5 p.m. for public recreational swimming. The pool is located at the corner of Warner and West Fourth Streets, Alturas. General admission remains at $3. There is no charge for use of the kiddie pool. Contact pool staff at 530-233-4299 for further information.

Revival service each Friday
Rivers of Life Church located at 316 W. 8th Street in Alturas, invites you to a free night of Revival, every Friday night at 7 p.m. Learn how to live revival and Kingdom Culture. If you are excited about all that God has for you, your life and your community, then you want to attend. If you have any questions, please call Pastor Robert at 530-510-4418.

Local growers offer freshness
Every Friday starting at 3 p.m. local growers have their produce available for sale at Surprise Valley Hospital in Cedarville. Ten percent of all sales are returned to the residents in the facility for their daily activities. Any vendor interested in selling produce or anyone wanting to buy is encouraged to attend. For further information, please call Wendy Floyd, Activities Director at SVHCD (530)279-6111 ext. 1248.

Saturday, August 30

Final day for the pool
The pool season comes to a close with a final swim day on Saturday, Aug. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. for laps; and 1-5 p.m. for public recreational swimming. The pool is located at the corner of Warner and West Fourth Streets, Alturas. General admission remains at $3. There is no charge for use of the kiddie pool. Contact pool staff at 530-233-4299 for further information.

Help celebrate life
Jessie “Alfreda” Clark, now in her 91st year, is excited and looking forward to sharing true stories about her life, the past and the local area. A daughter of the Cannon and Addington pioneer families of Modoc, Mrs. Clark extends an open invitation to attend her unique “celebration of life.” Family, friends and all interested in listening are welcome this Saturday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. to this event to be held at Christian Life Assembly, 225 West B Street in Alturas. Please come and enjoy the fellowship with stories, memories and food. This is not a potluck.

MHS 30-year reunion
Modoc High School Class of 1984 will hold its 30-Year Reunion on Saturday, August 30 at the Niles Hotel, Alturas. Email for further information: or check out Facebook: Modoc High School Class of 1984. Monday, Sept. 1 is Labor Day holiday.

Sunday, August 31

Fifth Sunday All Church Sing
Christian Life Assembly will be hosting the All Church Sing at 225 West B Street August 31 at 6 p.m. Join them for a special evening of musical inspiration as various Christian musicians from local churches “sing unto the Lord.” This event is sponsored by the Alturas Ministerial Association. Call 233-2804 for more information.

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 1

Bake sale supports running team
The MMS Running Club is holding a bake sale on Monday, Sept. 1 to raise money for the team's uniforms and travel expenses. Please stop by Four Corners Market in Alturas from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for delicious home-baked goodies and “support this new team of awesome runners!” encourage organizers.

Labor Day MHS Music Car Wash
Modoc High School Band members and MHS Singers will be out washing cars Monday, Labor Day. This annual event of washing cars traveling from Burning Man and cars of local Modoc supporters will begin about 9:30 a.m. at the American Ag Credit Building across the street from the Cal Trans yard on Hwy. 299/395. If you want to help wash cars, no volunteers will be turned away.
The Band wants to head to the Cal Band Day in Berkeley later in September and needs a few more dollars to make that possible. It is a donation car wash, so stop by to get a clean car in return for supporting our MHS musicians.

Holiday closures
County, city, state, federal offices, post offices, schools and the Modoc Record will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

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 2

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.

Find out what Toastmasters is
Toastmaster International President, George Yen, writes about traveling a journey of 10,000 miles to experience firsthand the passion and dedication of Toastmasters in all parts of the world. Anyone in Modoc County only needs to travel to the Art Center, 317 S. Main Street, Alturas on Tuesday noon, to experience firsthand the passion and dedication of Toastmasters. Guests are always welcome to come find out what Toastmasters is all about. 

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 3

Enroll in 4-H
The New Pioneer 4-H Club will be holding its 2014-2015 Enrollment Night and election of the 2014-15 Officers on Wednesday, September 3 at 6 p.m. at St. Michael's Church, 310 North St. Alturas. Any questions please call Donna at 233-8026 or Shawna at 640-1732. Come see what our 4-H Club has to offer. 

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 4

Tulelake Butte Valley Fair opens
Tulelake Butte Valley Fair opens September 4-7 in Tulelake. See display ad for details.

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. . .

Rotary’s Attic Sale
Friday, Sept. 5 and Sept. 6. Watch the Record for location and times to be posted.

Membership meeting
Surprise Valley Electrification Annual Meeting will welcome members on September 6 at the Modoc District Fairgrounds, Cedarville at 10 a.m. The election of directors, business and reports of the officers will be followed by a pit beef barbecue lunch with all the fixings served at 11:30 a.m. by the Lions Club. Prizes and pre-meeting entertainment provided by JoAnn White and local band.

Action at AMX track
Modoc Motor Sports Association will run races at the Alturas Motocross Park track September 6 and 7 at the far end of West Fourth St., Alturas. Public spectators welcome. Sign ups start at 7 a.m.
For more information call Kyle Williams, 530-640-6466.

Hear radio show pastor
Pastor Jerry Sheidbach of Santa Maria and radio show host of “Brain Massage” will speak to all on Sept. 7 live from Light House Baptist at Veterans’ Hall in Alturas, as arranged by Old Time Bible Baptist Church. For more information please call 530-569-0614. Time and further information will be posted as made available.

Assemblyman Dahle to visit
Join friends and neighbors for a community forum on issues impacting the North State. Meet with Assemblyman, 1st District Brian Dahle on Monday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Niles Hotel, 304 S. Main St., Alturas.

Commodities Day at TEACH
TEACH, Inc. is offering Commodities at the roll up door behind TEACH on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Proof of income is required. Call 530-233-3111 for further information.

Luncheon Group gets back together
Modoc Ladies Luncheon Group will gather after two months off this summer. Join them as visiting and friendships are renewed or meet new friends on September 10 at 11:30 a.m. at Bear Creek Café in Alturas. Please call Betty at 233-5217 to be included on the reservation list.

Dinner with the Chef
Modoc Senior Center presents Barbecue Dinner with the Chef on Friday, Sept. 12 at the Elks Lodge from 5 to 7 p.m. Sample some of Chef Danial's barbecued chicken and tri-tip along with green salad with his special dressings and yummy desserts created by board members. Price for the dinner is $12 per adult with a charge of  $5 for kids between ages 6 and 12 and free to those under five years old.  Elks will have an open bar. Lemonade and ice water will be provided. Music will be provided and a raffle will be held to benefit the meals on wheels program presented by the senior center five days a week.

Get into gear for “100 Plus”
The Wild West 100 Plus Ride starts at 6 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Locomotive in Veteran's Park and winds through the countryside linking Canby to Likely to Modoc Wildlife Refugee and scenic ranches and country along the way along paved roads. Check out the website at for more details and to register. The fee is $45 for that scenic ride. The bicycle ride is on pavement all the way.

Chili cookoff, 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.

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.

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 pm. at Veterans’ Memorial Hall, So. Main St., Alturas. 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.

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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