Gatherings for the week of July 17, 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 17

Sign up for ride to Saturday event
Modoc County Senior Center will be providing transportation to the Surprise Valley Saturday Market Aug. 16 and Sept. 20. Leave time will be 8 a.m. First come, first served, sign up at 906 West Fourth St., Alturas, or call 530-233-4438.

Ham Radio meeting
 Modoc County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) meets tonight, July 17 at 7 p.m. at 139 Henderson, Alturas. All Ham operators and folks interested in becoming a ham radio operator involved in public service communications are invited. Main topic this month will be Earthquake Safety. Also check out our Modoc Emergency Radio Club site on Facebook for more information.

Free meal at Faith Baptist
A free meal will be served at Faith Baptist Church on July 17 at 5:45 p.m. All are welcome. Come to the church located on the corner at 810 West Carlos St., Alturas. The meals are offered every third Thursday of the month at 5:45 p.m.

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.

Time change for 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.

Subscribing is easy
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, July 18

Masten Ramsey Memorial returns
Masten Ramsey Memorial Jubilee will come together July 18, 19 and 20 in Alturas. See display ad for details and deadline entries.

Special event in McArthur
In conjunction with the 20th Annual Fall River Century Bike Ride, the Fall River Valley Chamber of Commerce will provide entertainment by Bourgeois Gypsies, food by the Sportsman, local specialty microbrews by Fall River Brewing, a Chamber raffle, wine by the glass and a local Farmers’ Market on Friday, July 18, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the InterMountain Fairgrounds, McArthur. All this is part of the “Sounds of Summer” Music Series presented by Fall River Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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
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.

Cedarville Jams take vacation
The next Cedarville Jam event will be on September 19.  A "Musicians' and Patrons' Vacation" was declared for July and August.  Save the third Friday in September and come back rested and ready for the next award-worthy show!
We'll see you again this fall at the Surprise Valley Community Church.


New show on display at Art Center
The Art Center is pleased to showcase the Figurines of Steve and Nikki Guzman during the month of July. Public welcome to stop by the Art Center gallery at 317 So. Main Street, Alturas.

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.

Kittens ready for homes

Items change weekly, plus kittens are available to good homes from The Second Chance Thrift Store, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the corner of First and Court streets in Alturas.

Saturday, July 19

Saturday Market in park
The Surprise Valley Saturday Market will be held in Cedarville Park from 9 a.m. until noon on July 19. There will be fresh local produce, handmade crafts, jellies and cottage foods, live music by the violin duo Joyce Miller and Maya Schulz followed by Kandi Maxwell on the acoustic guitar.
Every visitor to the market can enter the free raffle to win a gift bag featuring items donated by market vendors. The market accepts WIC and Senior Farmer's Market benefit checks for produce.

Action at AMX track
Modoc Motor Sports Association will run races at the Alturas Motocross Park track July 19 and 20 at the far end of West Fourth St., Alturas. Public spectators welcome. Sign up start at 7 a.m.
For more information call Kyle Williams, 530-640-6466.

Sunday, July 20

VBS in Adin for all ages
Adin Community Bible Church will hold Arrow Island Vacation Bible School on July 20 - 24 from 5:30 - 8:45 p.m. It is for all ages and will be held at the church.

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, July 21

Musical Day Camp
Register kids for Modoc Performing Arts Theater’s Children’s Musical Day Camp on Monday, July 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the ACT Niles Theater, Alturas. The camper must be present for costume purposes, and should bring along a comfortably fitting sweatshirt and sweat pants to leave with the costumer for sizing (these items will be returned unaltered). Contact Sadie Camacho at (530) 233-9249 if unable to attend registration limited to 30 campers.

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, July 22

Polish public speaking
"People will not remember what you said, but they will remember how you made them feel." -- Maya Angelou
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 has winners!
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.

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, July 24

Food Link delivers
Foodlink trucks will deliver fresh produce to Modoc County Veterans Park, So. Main St., Alturas, for low-income families on Thursday, July 24, 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 Sept. 26 and October 24 (weather permitting).

Open House BBQ, speaker
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alturas invites the community to a Branch Open House on Thursday, July 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the church. Join the barbecue and bring a side dish or dessert. Special speaker Dixie Server from the Modoc County Museum will give a talk about Modoc County Pioneers. The church is located at 104 E. 13th Street, behind the Essex Motel. For more information please call 233-4015.

CattleWomen gather
The summer meeting of Modoc County CattleWomen’s Association will be held July 24 at the Davis Creek Community Hall. Meeting starts at 6 p.m. Dinner is $15 per person. RSVP 279-1219.

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. . .

Cooking up some fun and food
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church will be having its monthly free cooking class on July 25 at 9 a.m. Plan to join them. All ingredients are supplied by the church. Space is limited, so call to reserve your spot at 530-233-2251. Hope to see you there.

Southern Shindig
An array of Southern foods, music for dancing, pie and watermelon eating contests will combine for the fun during the “Southern Shindig” Friday, July 25 from 6 – 10 p.m. at the Adin Park. A no-host bar will be available for those of age to imbibe. All proceeds go toward the Adin Park Restoration. Many upgrades to the park have been done, with many more to come. Tickets $20 per person or $35 per couple. Kids under 12 are free.

Eagleville plans annual BBQ
The 69th Annual Pit Roast Barbecue and Dance in Eagleville will take place July 26. Dinner served, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Dance the night away. Pre-sale tickets (see display ad) and at the gate. Proceeds support the Eagleville Volunteer Fire Dept.

Art amid the roses
The annual Art Show in the Country Hearth Rose Garden, 551 Main Street in Cedarville, will welcome the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by to enjoy the show. Call Jan Tandy at 279-2666 if interested in joining the show.

SVHS ’64 class reunion
The Surprise Valley High School class of 1964 is having a class reunion July 26, 2014. Meet at Norman Sweeney's, 599 Townsend St., on Saturday the 26th from 1-4 p.m. Bring something to drink, snacks and photos, memorabilia, etc. Norman invites classmates and friends to drop by any time. 

Eagleville Church plans old fashioned hymn sing
Come to the historic Eagleville Church on July 27 for an old-fashioned hymn sing. The building dates from the mid-19th century and is a classic "Step Back Into Time" for everyone. You may even hear the echoes of those past singers from long ago, joining in some of the same songs they sang.  Gather at 2 p.m. and have a grand time with our neighbors, just as they did in 1885 or any Sunday in the last 120 or so years.

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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