Gatherings for the week of February 11, 2016

“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, February 11

Garden Club to hear speaker
The Alturas Garden Club will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, February 11, at the Historic Whistle Stop Depot at East and 4th Streets, at 1:00 p.m.  Included in the scheduled regular meeting will be a guest speaker, Karen McCarthy, owner of the Madras Garden Depot in Madras, Oregon (north of Bend). She will be speaking on under utilized plants that do well in our climate.  The public is welcome to attend the meeting.

Annual SVES Bingo night
Play some bingo at the 19th Annual Surprise Valley Elementary School 8th grade class Bingo Night, Thursday, February 11 at 6 p.m. in the Surprise Valley Elementary gym, 790 High Street in Cedarville. Cards are $10 each with chances to win awesome prizes and cash. Childcare available, along with snacks and drinks. Call 530-279-6161 ext. 224 or 114 to learn more. 

American Red Cross meeting
An American Red Cross meeting is February 11, at 2:30 p.m., at the Niles Coffee Co. Anyone who is interested in volunteering with the Red Cross, please come by. To learn more, call Lau Miller at 530-708-1106.

Lose weight with help
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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Friday, February 12

Holiday closures
County of Modoc offices will be closed on Friday, Feb. 12, for the Lincoln’s Birthday holiday.

New gallery show open
The Art Center is pleased to welcome the public to “A Mother’s Hope,” photography and reflections by Kelly Curtis, travel writer and photographer, now on display at the Art Center gallery, 317 So. Main St., Alturas.
A Mother’s Hope, a collection of color and black and white images taken in 2014, when Kelly and her mother traveled to Africa to enjoy a series of safaris through Botswana, Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Valentine’s ideas at Second Chance
The Second Chance Thrift store has Valentine's Day items for your special someone.
Men's and women's long sleeved shirts are buy one get one free. All jackets and coats half price. Open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at First and Court St., Alturas.

Saturday, February 13

Two shows: Missoula production on stage
“Pinocchio” featuring a local cast of 56 youths, will be performing at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the A.C.T. Niles Theater, Main St., Alturas. Plan to see the lively musical adaptation under the direction of the Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT). Tickets at the door, $8 for students/seniors; $10 for adults.

Elks host big crab, prime rib night
Alturas Elks Lodge on Main Street, will present its annual Crab and Prime Rib Feed on Feb. 13, with two sittings available: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Public may purchase tickets at Frank’s Carpets & Furniture for $40 per person, for all one can eat crab and prime rib, baked potato, green salad and fresh baked bread. For further information, call Chairperson Jim Rollins at 530-233-4422. Elks members and guests will dance from 9 p.m. to midnight.

AVFF (Alturas Veterans Family and Friends) meeting is Saturday Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Alturas Veterans Hall in the meeting room. All are welcome.

Legion Post begins meetings
American Legion Post 163 will hold their first meeting of the year on Saturday, February 13 at 1 p.m. at the Veteran’s Hall on South Main Street, Alturas. “We need all members to attend,” says
Commander Jesse Lauderdale. For information call Jesse at 530-708-2844.

Come find “The One”
Come find “The One” High Plateau Humane Society is taking part in an adoption event. Selected pets are a special price through February 15 at 114 East First St., Alturas. Stop by Second Chance Thrift to meet these adorable animals Saturday 10 a.m. -2 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery
Celebrate Recovery on Saturdays at 6 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, February 14 . . . Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Sweetheart Bash
Games of Bingo, Pedro, Pinochle will be offered on Sunday, February 14 at the South Fork Event Center in Likely. Doors will open at noon. Admission is $10 per person.
Bingo and card games will begin at 1:15 p.m. with lots of “great prizes.”
All proceeds will benefit the Likely Cemetery for much needed equipment and beautification projects.

JLS Market Beef tagging date
In Surprise Valley on February 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Scott Gooch Residence.  Market beef – Steer or heifer not over 20 months of age when shown and in exhibitor’s possession and on feed 120 days prior to the opening date of show. If you will be exhibiting a market beef at this year’s show please plan to attend one of the taggings above. No makeup appointments will be scheduled. Contact the Junior Livestock Show Office at 233-6400 for additional information.

Monday, February 15 . . . Presidents' Day

President’s Day holiday
On Monday, Feb. 15, President’s Day and Washington’s Birthday, offices will be closed at County, City, State, Federal, U.S. Post Offices, banks and schools. Modoc Record office will be open, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Playgroup available
Alturas Community Playgroup is open to parents with children ages 0-5. The playgroup meets every Monday from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at 802 N. East Street (right behind Modoc High School). The playgroup will be closed on major holidays.

Tuesday, February 16

Become a blood donor
The Alturas Community Blood Drive will welcome donors at the Veterans’ Memorial Hall, So. Main St., Alturas on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments can be made by visiting

Nurturing Parent sessions to start
Call TEACH, Inc. to learn more about the Nurturing Parenting, 15-week session starting on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. for parents with children birth to 11 years of age. Transportation, childcare and children’s activities, dinner provided. For more information call 233-3111.

RSVP for Winter Beef Meeting
Reserve By Feb. 16, for a seat and lunch at the Winter Beef Meeting set February 18.
Meeting kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts at the Brass Rail Restaurant, 501 Highway 395, Alturas. Guest speakers will open topics starting at 10 a.m. Modoc County Agricultural staff will be on hand to update Restricted Material’s Permits.
Lunch is sponsored by McArthur Farm Supply, American AgCredit and the Modoc Auction Yard. Please RSVP by Monday, February 16, to Cheryl Kunert at (530) 233-6400 or For a full agenda go to

Send us 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.

Trips to VA for Veterans
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, February 17

“Health Needs Assessment” needs your input
All Modoc County residents are urged to attend and participate in a Focus Group for the Modoc County “Community Health Needs Assessment” at one of the following locations:
Alturas- City Hall – Wednesday, February 17, 5-7 p.m.

FAFSA workshop
The financial aid workshop will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Modoc High School Social Hall. Bring current tax information if you have it available. Call 530-233-1802 for more information. Lassen College will be presenting the workshop.

Show up early for Bingo!
Join other players, ages 18 and up, at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17 for Bingo night. Normally held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month during February and March, the Blood Drive on Feb. 16 will alter the date. The games are hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 3327.

Library Board meets, welcomes Kyllo
Library Advisory Board meeting will be held Wednesday, February 17, 2:30 p.m. at Alturas Library, 212 W. Third Street. Welcome Samuel Kyllo, City of Alturas representative, to the Library Advisory Board.
"Open to all, the Modoc County Library is dedicated to building a thriving, educated, and enlightened community through literacy and lifelong learning."
For more information, please call Cheryl Baker, County Librarian, at 530-233-6340.

Free adult Flu shots
Every Wednesday now 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. The flu clinic changed from Tuesdays to Wednesdays effective this week and for the future.

Buck-a-Bag deals, noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays
The Buck-A-Bag trailer is open from noon until 4 p.m. each Wednesday. 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.

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.

Access local news
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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, February 18

“Health Needs Assessment” needs your input
All Modoc County residents are urged to attend and participate in a Focus Group for the Modoc County “Community Health Needs Assessment” at one of the following locations:
Adin- Wellness Center- Thursday, February 18, 5-7 p.m.

Give Fire Safe Council input
The Modoc Fire Safe Council public meeting to update the Community Wildfire Protection Plan will take place February 18. Public input is crucial to producing the most effective plan that will ensure funding for wildfire prevention and fuels reduction in Modoc County.
The meeting will be held in Alturas at the Sheriff’s Annex from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Alturas and then at the Surprise Valley Senior Center in Cedarville from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Boosters welcome support
Modoc High School Athletic Booster Club will have its next meeting February 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Modoc High School library.  Spring sports will be starting soon.  Please come support your student athletes.

MORT meeting
The Modoc Outdoor Recreation & Tourism Inter-Agency Group (MORT)
will meet February, 18 at 3 p.m. in the Modoc County Health Services Building, 441 N. Main St. in Alturas. 

Come for free hot meal
A free meal of Tacos, will be served February 18 at Faith Baptist Church at 5:45 p.m. All are welcome. Come to the church located on the corner at 810 West Carlos St., Alturas. Free meals are offered every third Thursday of the month.

Coming Soon . . .

Fire Safe in Adin for input
The Modoc Fire Safe Council public meeting Feb. 19, to update the Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Public input is crucial to producing the most effective plan that will ensure funding for wildfire prevention and fuels reduction in Modoc County. The meeting will be held in Adin at the Adin Community Hall on Hwy. 299 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Cedarville has Jam plans
The February Cedarville Jam is scheduled for Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Hopefully, another storm won't interfere with our best-laid plans. Bring your instruments and your
neighbors for an evening of talent-sharing, visiting and especially, fun for all. The event is held at the Surprise Valley Community Church at 405 Bonner Street in Cedarville. If you have any questions or if the weather is uncertain, call Clarence Wager at (530) 233-5185 by 4 p.m. that evening for updated information.

"Health Needs Assessment" time change
All Modoc County residents are urged to attend and participate in a Focus Group for the Modoc County "Community Health Needs Assessment" at one of the following locations:
Surprise Valley- Senior Center- Friday, February 19, noon
Facilitated by MJ Philps & Associates of Upland, CA.

Rekindling at dessert social
All Order of the Eastern Star members, Master Masons, along with their wives, daughters, sisters, granddaughters, and nieces, Rainbow Majority Members and Job's Daughters Majority Members who reside within Modoc County are invited to join together for a new founding All-Masonic Family Dessert Social on Saturday, February 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Veteran's Memorial Building, 500 S. Main St., Alturas. Cost is on a donation basis, to cover the cost of hall rental. RSVP to by Thursday, February 18.

Free movie night
New life Christian Center will be showing "Facing the Giants" for free. Movie starts at 6:30 p.m. at 1040 N. Main St., Alturas. NLCC will be showing a different Christian movie the third Sunday of each month (Feb. 21). Come and join the fun. For more information, please call 530-708-0801.

Public input wanted
To gather feedback and get a sense of the community's interest, the Library is inviting you to attend an informal meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 5:00 pm in the Alturas Library's West Wing.

It's time for Humane Society's "Taste of Modoc"
Help support the High Plateau Humane Society during the annual "Taste of Modoc" at the Niles Hotel on February 28 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Enjoy prime rib, chicken, pasta, pizza, live music and a live auction. All proceeds will benefit the High Plateau Humane Society. Tickets: $25 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under. Tickets on sale at Second Chance Thrift Store.

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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