Gatherings for the week of July 31, 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, July 31

It’s Buck-a-Bag day
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.

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 1

Treat yourself to enjoyable show
The Art Center welcomes Jeff Troupe and "Paintings of the Modoc Landscape" in the main gallery for August. Opening reception is Friday, August 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Troupe was born and raised in Napa, CA. Jeff attended San Francisco State University and majored in Fine Art, later transferring to the Academy of Art University where he earned a Bachelors of Fine Art in Computer Animation in 2005 and worked in the computer game industry for eight years. Jeff has dedicated himself to his fine art career and is now painting full time with a good deal of plein air painting all around Modoc County. He has produced more than 50 paintings of this area. Stop by to meet the artist, see the new show at 317 So. Main St., Alturas. Jeff currently resides in Alturas, CA with his wife Patti and his chocolate lab, Nutmeg.

Cool off at the Pool
The J.P. McHugh Alturas Municipal Swimming Pool is open Monday through Saturday. Lap swim from noon to 1 p.m.; recreational swimming from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. The pool is closed on Sundays. Location: corner of Warner and West Fourth Streets, Alturas. General admission: $3. There is no charge for use of the kiddie pool.

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.

Humane Soc. Has good stuff plus cats, kittens
The High Plateau Humane Society currently has a sleeping bag and an air mattress, a bird cage and two quaint, antique office chairs, along with its usual full racks of men's, women's and kids summer clothes. Shop now for the best bargains. The cat room is teeming with friendly, handsome adult cats: two are de-clawed and some zany, cute kittens for adoption. Adoption fee is $50, cheaper than you can get a cat fixed. Visit them from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The thrift store is located at the corner of First and Court streets in Alturas and very close to the Modoc County Courthouse.

Saturday, August 2

Saturday Market and more in SV
Surprise Valley Saturday Market will be open Saturday August 2 from 9 a.m. to noon in Cedarville Park. Fresh produce, arts and crafts, kid zone, and live music by visiting musician Robert Clark. Robert will bring his “outstanding voice and acoustic guitar” from Reno, NV, say organizers.

See kids in “Clever Contestant”
Enjoy “The Clever Contestant” with a cast of 31 local youths presenting the performance on Saturday, August 2 at 1 p.m. at the A.C.T. Niles Theater in Alturas. Tickets at the door: $8 for adults; $5 for children and seniors. MPAT, Alturas Rotary Clubs and Surprise Valley Rotary Club present this children’s musical theater production. Members of the cast took part in a five-day musical camp experience in Alturas.

Yard Sale at Garden Club
The Alturas Garden Club will hold their annual Yard Sale on Saturday, August 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Whistle Stop, corner of East and Fourth Streets, Alturas.  Many gently used items will be available. Lemonade will be available for $1 as well as Milkweed seeds for the club’s Monarch Butterfly repopulation project.
Anyone wishing to donate for the sale may drop off  items at the Whistle Stop on Friday, August 1, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. No early birds on Saturday please.

Yard Sale, free movie
Rivers of Life Church located at 316 W. 8th Street will be having a yard sale and free movie day on Saturday, August 2. Yard sale is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the free popcorn/movie ‘Compelled by Love,’ by Heidi and Roland Baker, will start at 3 p.m. You don’t want to miss it.

Likely Fire Dept. benefit
Enter the golf tourney and enjoy a barbecue dinner at the Likely Place Golf & RV Resort on Sunday, Aug. 3. Proceeds will benefit the Likely Fire Department. Check in at 9 a.m. Tee off at 10 a.m. See their display ad for details this issue.

Action at AMX track
Modoc Motor Sports Association will run races at the Alturas Motocross Park track August 2 and 3 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.

Sunday, August 3

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, August 4

Evie Capik Jr. Golf Camp starts
The Evie Capik Memorial Junior Golf Camp is a great way to teach all youths, ages 5 and up, how to get started playing golf this summer.  The camp program will run Monday through Wednesday, August 4, 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Arrowhead Golf Course, Alturas. $10 per child will cover the cost of golf balls. For more information or to sign up for the camp, please call Arrowhead Golf Course, (530) 233-3404 or stop by the Arrowhead Clubhouse, 1901 N. Warner St., Alturas.

Free Swim Night
Modoc County Prevention Collaborative invites the public to a Free Family Swim Night on August 4 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Alturas Municipal Swimming Pool. For more information please call 530-233-6311.
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 1:00 p.m. Stop by 201 West Carlos Street, Alturas. Ph: 530-233-2632. Fax 530-233-5113.

Free breakfast, lunch at MMS
Any person Kindergarten through age 18 can enjoy breakfast and lunch free at Modoc Middle School now through August 8.  Breakfast is from 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 to noon. The program does not serve adults.    
This federally funded program is called Seamless Summer Feeding Option and the meals are served at no charge.

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, August 5

Toastmasters makes difference
"The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause." -- Mark Twain
Learn how to polish your business presentations or practice for your next interview or learn how to facilitate a meeting at Toastmasters. Guests always welcome.
Learn the art of communication and leadership in a supportive, nurturing environment at Toastmasters. Toastmasters meetings start at noon at The Art Center, 317 So. Main Street, Alturas.

Bingo night at Vets’ Hall
Play Bingo at Veterans’ Memorial Hall every Tuesday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games start at 6:00 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary 3327 host Bingo nights open to all players 18 and older.

Phone ahead for VA ride
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, August 6

TOPS provides support
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, August 7

Dollar a bag deals
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. . .

Veterans BBQ, open meeting
On August 9, all veterans posts and supporters are welcome to the open meeting picnic August 9 at Veterans’ Park in Alturas.Post will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and the rest is a potluck. Time to be posted or contact VFW Commander Harold King who provided the info this week.

Silver Streak Gymkhana
Modoc Horsemen’s Association will present their Silver Streak Gymkhana on Saturday, Aug. 9 at Modoc District Fairgrounds, Cedarville. Sign up at 3 p.m., Runs begin at 4 p.m.

Commodities coming
TEACH, INC. will offer Commodities on Tuesday, August 12 from 2 p.m. To 4 p.m. at the roll up door behind TEACH in Alturas.

Art Center meetings
The Art Center will hold a membership meeting on Wednesday, August 13 at 5:10 p.m. The Executive Board will have a brief meeting at 4:45 p.m. prior to the membership meeting.

Wildfire Plan discussion
The Modoc Fire Safe Council again will meet on August 14 at 6 p.m. in the conference room located in the new USDA Service Center located at 221 W. 8th Street, Alturas. The focus of this meeting will be to update the Modoc Fire Safe Council Community Wildfire Protection Plan priorities. Please call Stacey Hafen at 233-5516 with questions about this document or any programs that are available.

MHS Reunion -10 years
The Modoc High School class of 2004 is having their 10-year class reunion. Friday, August 15, 2014, there will be a meet and greet at the home of Fernand and Victoria Larranaga at 6 p.m. On Saturday, August 16, dinner will be held at the Elks Lodge starting with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Erica Stevens 708-1360 or Victoria Larranaga at 708-0521.
Sounds of Summer
The final event for “Sounds of Summer” Music series presented by Fall River Valley Chamber of Commerce will be held Friday, Aug. 15 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Fall River Valley Golf and Country Club. This final event features events for golfers, live entertainment by Bourgeois Gypsies, food and beverages, a raffle and local Farmers’ Market. Mayers Inter-Mountain Healthcare Foundation “On the Green” Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 16.

Drought boxes available
TEACH, Inc. will offer Drought Boxes on Tuesday, Aug. 19 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the roll up door behind the TEACH office in Alturas.

Be a blood donor
Save lives by being a blood donor at the next Alturas Community Blood Drive on Tuesday, Aug. 19 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Alturas Veterans’ Hall, 500 So. Main St., Alturas. Shasta Blood Center of Blood Center of the Pacific will conduct the drive, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary 3327. To schedule your life-saving appointment, please visit, click “donate blood” and enter sponsor code: Alturas or call 530-221-0600. Please bring a photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing with every donation.

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.

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.


Call us Monday through Thursday 8:30AM - 5:00PM and 8:30AM -1PM on Fridays at (530) 233-2632 or e-mail us at

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