Gatherings for the week of December 18, 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, December 18

State Line presents “Home for the Holidays”
State Line Elementary School in New Pine Creek will present their annual Winter Program on Thursday, December 18 at 7 p.m.  This year's presentation will be a musical play entitled "Home for the Holidays." If you wish, please bring a favorite dessert to share, as refreshments will be offered after the program.

SVJUSD Holiday performance
Surprise Valley students will perform Thursday, Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Surprise Valley High school gym. "The Big Mix-Up," an original children's holiday  play was written by and will be performed by the high school drama class. Elementary students will be performing holiday songs and skits, followed by a visit from Santa and a low-cost winter carnival for all to enjoy.

MORT meeting at USFS
The Modoc Outdoor Recreation & Tourism Inter-Agency Group
will meet Thursday December 18 at 4 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service Headquarters, 225 W. 8th St. in Alturas. Public welcome.

Free meal provided
A free meal will be served at Faith Baptist on Thursday, Dec. 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 St., Alturas.

See unique gift items at gallery
The Art Center's December Gallery titled 'Members Art Gala' is a vibrant show representing The Art Center members’ talents in various mediums including painting, glasswork, pottery and woodworking. Looking for a unique gift for someone on your shopping list?  Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Meet with Humane Society
The High Plateau Humane Society will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the USDA Service Center conference room located behind Bear Creek Mall at 221 W. 8th Street.  If you have any questions please call the High Plateau Humane Society at 530-233-9277.

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.

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, December 19

See colorful gallery full of gifts
There is still time to see The Art Center’s December Gallery “Members Art Gala” a colorful representation of local artists in an array of mediums. 
The Art Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The Art Center will be closed the month of January 2015; members thank the community for all past and continued support. 

Elks host Tom ’n Jerry night
On behalf of Alturas Elks Lodge #1756, the officers and members extend to merchants and business people of Modoc County, a warm welcome to attend the Elks Annual “Tom ‘n Jerry” party, Dec. 19 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Lodge on Main Street, Alturas. The “Tom ‘n Jerrys” (for those 21 and older) are compliments of the Elks. See the sparkling decorations and enjoy the camaraderie.

Christmas Celebration at Full Gospel
Modoc Full Gospel Indian Mission invites the public to its Christmas Celebration on Friday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. at 1010 W. Henderson St., Alturas.
“Let’s celebrate the birth of Christ together! There will be music, singing and a small Christmas play! Everyone that comes will receive a candy bag full of goodies!” says Pastor Carrie Trejo.

MJUSD takes Winter Break
Modoc Joint Unified classrooms will take winter break starting with a minimum day on Friday, Dec. 19 and return to classrooms on January 5, 2015.

Special pet treats and more
Second Chance Thrift Store is over run with Christmas decorations, novelties, sweaters and miscellaneous items. Before you shop, check out the Humane Society's thrift store. Also, colorful Christmas dog scarves, toys, and homemade bones are stocked in the store for special treats for your pets. The thrift store is open Tues., Wed. Thurs. and Fri. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. located at the corner of First and Court Streets, Alturas.

Humane Society has choices
Seven fuzzy, darling kitties need a Home for the Holidays. They have been deemed healthy, happy and adoptable and would love to be in a real home before Christmas. Come meet them or arrange to see one of the many dogs, adult cats and a few puppies that all need a Home for the Holidays. Second Chance Thrift Store is displaying a huge variety of Christmas stockings, ornaments, sweaters, and special items to help celebrate Christmas. The Humane Society's thrift store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of First and Court Streets in Alturas.

Bookworm has good deals
Buck-a-Bag Trailer is not open on Thursdays.
The Bookworm, however, is now open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, noon – 4 p.m. at 212 West Third St., next to Modoc County Library. The Bookworm is operated by Friends of the Modoc County Library.

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, December 20

Pets waiting for homes
High Plateau Humane Society has kittens, adult cats, puppies and sweet dogs needing Homes for the Holidays. If it is a kitten or pup you choose to bring in as a part of your family, please call or stop by the Second Chance Thrift Store and make an appointment to meet a dog or a cat that needs a forever home for the Holidays. Phone 530-233-9277. The store is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and located at the corner of First and Court Streets in Alturas.

Sunday, December 21. . .First Day of Winter

Christmas Food Distribution
Christmas Food Distribution, hosted by Old Time Bible Baptist Church, will be on Sunday, December 21 at the Veteran’s Hall, 508 So. Main St., Alturas at 1:00 p.m. This is free to the public.

Join Eagleville caroling
Christmas caroling will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 21, at the Eagleville Community Hall. If you play an instrument and would like to help with the music, bring it along. The wood stove will be roaring for "ambiance" and the Surprise Valley "Tabernacle Choir" will sing a couple of Cornish carols, a cappella, as they were originally sung in the tin mines of Cornwall.  This is just another chance to celebrate the season and visit with our neighbors!

Trap, skeet shoots
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 10 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, December 22

Early Deadlines for Record
The Modoc County Record Christmas Day issue will be available on Wednesday morning, Dec. 24. The office will be closed Dec. 25 and 26.
*Display Advertising deadline: Monday, Dec. 22, 5 p.m.
*Letters to the Editor and submitted articles/photos: Please submit by Monday, Dec. 22, 5 p.m.
*Gatherings & Classified Ads due: Tuesday, Dec. 23, 11 a.m.

Bookworm is open
The Bookworm is now open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, noon – 4 p.m. at 212 West Third St., next to Modoc County Library. The Bookworm is operated by Friends of the Modoc County Library.

Try 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 22

Adult flu vaccine nights
Modoc County Public Health continues to offer free flu vaccines for adults and children.  Adult clinics are held on Tuesday evenings from 5-6 p.m. through February at 441 North Main St., Alturas.  In addition flu vaccine is offered to children and adults during regularly scheduled immunization clinics: First Wednesday of the month: 3-6 p.m., second Wednesday of the month: 5-7 p.m., third Wednesday of the month: 9-11 a.m. Refer questions about the flu vaccine, to Modoc County Public Health at (530) 233-6311 or 1-800-762-3003.

Holiday break for Toastmasters
Toastmasters will take a break from meetings through the Holidays. The next regular meeting will be January 6, 2015, noon, at the Art Center. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Stop by Bookworm
The Bookworm is now open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, noon – 4 p.m. at 212 West Third St., next to Modoc County Library. The Bookworm is operated by Friends of the Modoc County Library.

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, December 23

Early Modoc Record
The December 25 issue of the Modoc Record will be available at all locations, and available at the Record office on Wednesday morning, Dec. 24 – a day early. Print subscriptions will be mailed on Wednesday morning.

Holiday closures
City of Alturas, County of Modoc offices will be closed for Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 through Thursday, Dec. 25. U.S. Post Offices will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

Thursday, December 24. . .Christmas Day

Coming Soon. . .

Welcome New Year at Parade
Join the 15th Annual Juniper Berry Parade in Davis Creek on January 1, 2016 at high noon.
The parade begins at the Davis Creek Fire Hall. Following the parade, the Davis Creek Volunteer Fire Department will offer a Baked Potato Feed with all the trimmings, including dessert, for $5 per meal, with the proceeds going to the Volunteer Fire Department fund. Bring a parade entry or come as a spectator. All are welcome.

New Year’s Bingo coming!
Join the fun, festiveness and warmth at the New Year’s Eve Bingo hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary 3327 on Dec. 31 at Veterans’ Memorial Hall, So. Main St., Alturas. Doors open at 6 p.m. The 20 games start at 7 p.m. for a $20 buy-in. Separate special games and two, $100 Blackouts. Bring a favorite dish for the potluck at 8:30 p.m. A New Year’s Toast with sparkling cider at midnight. Anyone age 18 and older is welcome to join the fun.

Commodities, Drought boxes to be available
T.E.A.C.H., Inc. is offering Commodities and Drought boxes on Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the roll up door behind T.E.A.C.H. Proof of income is required.

Sign up for Childbirth Ed classes
Now is the time to sign up for the next free five-week series of Childbirth Education classes.  They will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm – 8:30pm starting January 15th and running through February 12th.  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.

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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