Gatherings for the week of November 26, 2015

“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.

Wednesday, November 25

Thanksgiving RECORD arrives
The Thanksgiving Modoc Record issue will be published, mailed and available in Modoc County on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Remember - pick up your pies
If you purchased Marie Callender's pies for Thanksgiving from a Modoc High School Music student, remember Wednesday, November 25 is the day to pick up your pies. Pies will be delivered to Modoc High in Shirley Oxley Hall at 4 p.m. Pick up time is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Buck-a-Bag deals, noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays
Back by popular demand is the reopening of the Buck-A-Bag trailer. This offer will be made to the public, from noon until 4 p.m. each Wednesday. To make it even more enticing, the Grand Reopening will offer Two Bags-for-a-Buck, allowing patrons to stock up for winter reading. To make it fair for everyone, bags will be furnished at the door. The Buck-a-Bag Trailer is located directly north of the Alturas library’s parking lot, on the northeast side of the library. In order to continue with these special offers, the Bookworm and the Buck-a-Bag trailer are in need of volunteers who are willing to work a two-hour shift. It’s fun to be a Friend.

Thursday, November 26. . .Happy Thanksgiving!

Post Offices are closed today. City and County offices and the Modoc Record are closed Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27.

Library holiday schedule
The Modoc County Library will be closed November 26-27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The library staff wishes you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels for the holiday.

Friday, November 27

Deals on toys and more at Federated
Black Friday and Saturday Federated Church toy sale. Friday, Nov. 27, 1-3, Saturday, Nov. 28, 10-noon. New items added to a great stock of dolls, stuffed toys, cars and trucks, baby items, books, puzzles, board games and more! Low prices! 307 East 1st street, Alturas, behind the Courthouse.

MJUSD on holiday
Modoc Joint Unified School District’s Thanksgiving Break. Students and staff will be off for the week now through Nov. 27.

Humane Society, Thrift Store open
Come check out the special rack of ladies jeans just $1.00. Women's warm winter sweaters are half price. While you're shopping, be sure to visit with all the adorable kittens up for adoption. Second Chance Thrift at the corner of First and Court Streets is open Tuesday through Friday 9:00-5:00 and Saturday 10:00-2:00.

Saturday, November 28

Country Christmas Faire
Surprise Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the Surprise Valley Country Christmas Faire and raffles on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Modoc District Fairgrounds, Cedarville. Bring a camera to take photos with Santa.

Mixing it up for the holidays
Tables of cookie mixes, soup mixes, etc. will be sold at the Country Christmas Fair in Cedarville on November 28 and again at the Niles Hotel’s Holiday Bazaar in Alturas on December 5. This is a great opportunity for quick and practical gifts for everyone. Stop by the Surprise Valley Community Church booth at both places.

Everything you may need
Men’s suits and sports coats are now half price. The store is filling fast with all kinds of Christmas décor. Second Chance Thrift the corner of First and Court Streets in Alturas is open Tuesday through Friday 9:00-5:00 and Saturday 10:00-2:00.

Healing Service at St. Michael’s
St. Michael's Episcopal Church will be holding a healing service on Sat. Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. The public is welcome for physical, emotional or spiritual healing. The church is located at 310 West North St., Alturas.

Celebrate Recovery
Celebrate Recovery on Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. at the Alturas Baptist Church, 500 West 4th Street. A bible based, twelve-step program for those with hurts, habits and hang-ups. All are welcome. 

Sunday, November 29

Star Wars free showings
The Niles Theater along with sponsors will be showing Star Wars movies for six weeks every Sunday, beginning November 22 through December 27. Free admission, free to the community. Show begins at 6 p.m. 
After the six-week showings, the theater will feature the latest release Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

Trap, Skeet shoots open
Trap and Skeet shoots are open 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. Shoots start at 10 a.m. on Sundays, as of Nov. 8. Come 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 30

Fish, Game & Rec postpones
Modoc County Fish, Game & Recreation Commission will not be meeting on November 30 or December 25. But instead will meet December 16 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Annex.  Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Enjoy a Country Jam
The Alturas Country Jams welcome everyone on Monday nights from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Veterans’ Memorial Hall, So. Main St., Alturas. Bring your voice, instrument or come to listen. Admission is free. Donations go to the Flag Fund and supplies. Everyone welcome.

Let kids enjoy Playgroup
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.

Tuesday, December 1

Toastmasters welcomes guests
Toastmasters will meet on Tuesday December 1 from noon to 1 p.m. Come develop your communication skills in a positive and supportive atmosphere. Join them at the Sheriff’s Annex Conference Room,102 Court Street, Alturas. Use the door with the accessible ramp on First Street. Brown bag lunches OK.

Send in your classified
Email your classified ad to the Modoc Record before noon Wednesday for the RECORD online and print editions. Email or call 530-233-2632; Fax 530-233-5113.

Join Bingo nights
Bingo games for anyone 18 and older happen every Tuesday evening at Veterans Hall, So Main St., Alturas. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games begin at 6 p.m. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary to Pete Christensen Post 3327 hosts the weekly games.

Free adult Flu shots
Every Tuesday from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m., Modoc County Department of Health Services offers an Adult Flu Clinic with free flu shots. Stop by 441 North Main St., Alturas or call 530-233-6311 for more information. Shots are free of charge and subject to availability.

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 2

Lunch Group plans outing
Modoc Ladies Luncheon group will meet Wednesday, December 2 at the Brass Rail starting at noon. All are welcome. Call Kay Helton at 233-1268, cell 708-0362 for reservations.

Family History Library open
The Family History Library located at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cedarville is open each Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. The Library is located at 29971 County Road 1 (Surprise Valley Road) one mile north of Hwy 299. Resources available to the public include onsite genealogical assistance and high speed Internet access to, Family Search and other premium sites (all free of charge). If you would like to use the Library on another day or time, please call Jerry Cook at (530) 640-2622 at least one day in advance to schedule an appointment.

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Call 530-233-2632 or stop by the Record, 201 West Carlos St., Alturas or mail your info to Modoc Record, P.O. Box 531, Alturas, CA 96101.

Thursday, December 3

Help with weight loss
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.

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Call 530-233-2632 or stop by the Record, 201 West Carlos St., Alturas or mail your info to Modoc Record, P.O. Box 531, Alturas, CA 96101.

Bookworm hours
In order to be more accommodating, the Bookworm will be open from noon until 6 p.m. every Thursday, except holidays. Other hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon until 4:00 p.m. Located at 212 West Third Street, in the ‘west wing’ of the Alturas library, readers will find gently-used books of all types, offering a vast array of reading for all ages, including a large selection of children’s books, fiction and non-fiction, audio and video, and so much more. Prices are very reasonable.

Coming Soon . . .

Battle Ready Rally
Doug Barry, founder of the Radix-Battle Ready Ministry and co-host for EWTN’s television program “Life on the Rock,” brings the Battle Ready Rally to Modoc on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish, 507 East Fourth St., Alturas. There is no cost for the event. Men, women and youth, ages 7 and older, are welcome. To be Battle Ready is to be aware of, prepared for and engaged in the spiritual battle. Now is the time for this. For more information contact Chuck Colas, 530-640-2678.

Kids’ Christmas Show
Alturas Rural Fire Department will present the animated movie “Big Hero 6” for the Annual Christmas Show for Kids on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the A.C.T. Niles Theater in Alturas. Santa arrives on a fire truck at 10 a.m. with candy canes for children and for photos. Movie starts at 11 a.m. Please bring a non-perishable food item for free admission. In return, receive a free 12 oz. can of soda and small bag of popcorn.
ARFD’s Boot Drive will help raise funds for future training and equipment purchases.

Garden Club Holiday Sale
The Alturas Garden Club will hold their Annual Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Historic Whistle Stop Depot at East and Fourth Streets.  This year, along with the usual wonderful tasty treats, members will be offering hand painted bird houses; hand painted bottles; holiday wreaths, swags and many other hand crafted items.  Additionally, their very popular pinecone bird feeders will be offered.  The Club’s 2015 Cookbook will be for sale and raffle items will be available as well.  
“Please come out for some great shopping fun,” encourage members.

Holiday Bazaar
Holiday sparkle, local foodie treats, plus local crafters, artisans and vendors will fill the Hotel Niles Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 5 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Interest has expanded, which means booth displays will fill all the downstairs rooms from J.E. Niles, Cressler Bonner, High Grade and upstairs Parlor. Door prizes and refreshments will be part of the festive atmosphere.

Winterfest, Parade of Lights
Decorate anything that moves with Christmas lights and join the fun. The Alturas Chamber of Commerce will present the Parade of Lights with public participation on Dec. 5. Line up for the parade will be at Veterans Park at 5:30 p.m. No entry form needed. Parade to start at 6 p.m. at 5:30 p.m. The parade will pass along Main Street and conclude at Main Street Park. Food, hot drinks and a bonfire will be available, along with the Town Tree Lighting.

Guns and Hoses Basketball, Toy Drive
The 6th Annual Guns and Hoses Toy Drive and Basketball game between the Alturas CHP versus Alturas City Fire Department, will take place on December 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Modoc High School Gym, Alturas.
Admission is $5 or one new unwrapped toy per person. The toys and cash will be donated T.E.A.C.H., Inc. is an effort to fulfill the Children’s Wish Tree. Please help make this happen for the children in our community.

Join Caroling at historic church
On December 6, caroling at the Eagleville Community Church is a chance to enjoy the ambiance of that grand old building. Celebrations of the many Christmases past seem to permeate the room and its incredible acoustics allow the songs to be heard throughout Eagleville.  Join the fun at 2:00 p.m. and just enjoy the spirit of Christmas.

Cancer Awareness Group
Modoc County Cancer Awareness Group will meet December 7 at 6 p.m. at the Wild Mustard, Main St., Alturas. The group is open to anyone who is dealing with and dealt with cancer. The group meets the first Tuesday of every month, same time, same place. For questions call 530-708-1966.

Support Groups

Modoc County Inter-group Council AA/Al-Anon/NA Meeting Schedule AA Helpline/Meeting Info: 877-880-2880.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Alturas NA at 305 West Carlos St., Alturas meets on Mondays and Fridays, now starting at 5:30 p.m. Non-smoking. No meetings in Surprise Valley at this time.

Alturas AA Brown Baggers at 110 West Carlos Street, is open Monday-Saturday, 12 p.m. & 7 p.m. Hilltoppers Group at Federated Church, 307 East First Street, is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 8:00 p.m., non-smoking. Traditions Group at Faith Baptist Church, 700 West Carlos Street (Corner of Carlos & West), is open Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., non-smoking.

Alturas Al-Anon Al-Anon Group at 110 W. Carlos St, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., non-smoking.

Cedarville AA Valley Serenity Group at Surprise Valley Community Church is open Sunday at 5:30 p.m., non-smoking.

Sunrays of Hope is a wellness and recovery non-profit, drop-in self-help center focusing on socialization. The center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 113 East North St., Alturas in the Lederer Building. Contact Billy Diaz, Director or Ida Baca, Operations Manager for more information at 530-233-9696 or 530-233-7222. Transportation available.

Celebrate Recovery - Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. at the Alturas Baptist Church, 500 West 4th Street - a bible based, twelve-step program for those with hurts, habits and hang-ups. All are welcome.

Looking for a place to meet? Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays - Sunrays is available to sponsor the center for private or non-profit groups. Please call Sunrays at 530-233-9696 or 530-233-7222 and leave a message for a call back.





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