Gatherings for the week of December 13, 2018

“Gatherings” is meant to provide an in formation 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 13

There will not be a Grief and Loss Group meeting in December.

Learn about Red Cross
The American Red Cross and interested others will meet on Thursday, December 13, at 11 a.m. at 222 West North St., Alturas (location donated by City Of Alturas). To learn more, please stop by.

Modoc High School’s Block M Spirit Week
In preparation for Modoc High Block M Basketball Tournament, students are involved in Spirit Week today, Thursday, December 13 with an Ugly Sweater/Holiday Socks Day; Friday, December 14 - Purple/White or Santa Hat Day. Block M Queen will be crowned at halftime of the Varsity Boys game on Friday, Dec. 14.

Block M opening day
The Block M Basketball Tournament will kick off on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 1:40 p.m. in Modoc High’s Griswold Gym with JV girls, Modoc against Portola. Thursday will also have the dedication ceremony, this year honoring Kayte Christensen, former Modoc High basketball star. The tourney continues at 8:30 a.m. Friday through Saturday.
Garden Club hosts event
The Alturas Garden Club’s Christmas Potluck Party will be held on Thursday, December 13 at noon at the historic Whistle Stop Depot, located at East and 3rd Streets. This year, instead of exchanging gifts, we are giving a gift to ourselves by making a donation to the club. Join the club’s celebration of a year of hard work and achievements.

Share the Love food item drive
Big Valley 50 Plus and Big Valley Family Resource Center will hold a 2018 Subaru Share the Love event with a good basket item drive on Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Bieber Library. They will be collecting and assembling food baskets for local families of the Intermountain Area. Grocery gift cards, monetary donations, non-perishable or frozen whole turkeys/hams welcomed.
Please do not include home baked items or non-perishable food. Items may also be dropped off at BV 50 Plus or BVFRC during regular business hours before Dec. 18.

Elks meet tonight
Alturas Elks Lodge meets Thursday, December 13. This is the only meeting in December. Cocktails at 6, dinner at 7, meeting at 8 p.m. Remember B.P.O.E. also stands for Best People On Earth. Any questions contact Doug Waterman at 640-1731.

The Modoc Record office is open at 201 West Carlos Street, Alturas. The Modoc Record can also be purchased at many Modoc businesses.

Friday, December 14

Modoc Record office closes at 1:00 p.m. Fridays

Special event at Early Head Start
Early Head Start will host an event for pregnant moms and children 0-3 years old on Friday, December 14, for a parent meeting from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Early Head Start, 901 N. East A St., Alturas.
Topic: Winterfest - Open House; Stop by and take a photo with Santa, 11-12:00. RSVP-Phone: (530) 233-7134.

Students to give joyful concert
All are invited to the Surprise Valley Winter Concert Friday, December 14 at 5 p.m. in the Surprise Valley High School Gym. Come hear performances by the Middle School Band, High School Jazz Band, 8th Grade Bucket Drummers and soloists. There will be plenty of holiday cheer with performances of Christmas and seasonal music including "Up On the Housetop," "Nutcracker Swing," "Sleigh Ride" and more. Admission is free. There will be a bake sale to fundraise for the SVJUSD Music Program.

Good deals at Bookworm
The Friends of the Library Bookworm store offers low-cost, slightly used books, DVD's, VHS tapes, and audio products. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. A teaching materials section and great children's section are available. Located west of the main library on W. 3rd St., Alturas.

Saturday, December 15

Santa’s bag offers gifts
Federated Church Toy Sale, continues Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 until noon at 307 East First Street. New items added in addition to many great dolls, stuffed animals, games, puzzles, books, trucks, cars, children’s movies, baby toys, vintage and collectible toys and more. All clean and ready for new homes. Super low prices!

Making merry
The Living in Wellness merry music makers will be singing Christmas Carols at Warnerview Long Term Care in Alturas this Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. and at Mayers Memorial Long Term Care in Fall River Mills at 2 p.m. Feel free to join in song.

Holiday mix livens up SV Jam
On Saturday, December 15, the Cedarville jam group will gather to celebrate the season with various kinds of Christmas music. Traditional carols, contemporary songs, or simple old favorites will all be performed from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. by various musicians and instruments. Anyone and any kind of music is welcome. Come and enjoy the afternoon with your friends and lots of good entertainment. The location is the Surprise Valley Community Church at the corner of 4th and Bonner Streets in Cedarville.  Please call Clarence Wager at 233-5185 with any questions.

Veterans potluck Christmas party
Veterans and their families will gather for a potluck Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hall, So. Main St., Alturas. Bring a dish to share. Bar will be open for those 21 and older. Call Ed 640-3578 or Linda, 708-2478 with questions.

Yappy Hours take a break
Alturas, Adin and Fall River Yappy Hours will be taking a break until the weather clears. Watch this space in the future for the next round of fun classes. Contact Roxanne for info, 805-400-7080.

Sunday, December 16

Play Ham Bingo for prizes
Alturas Veterans Family and Friends present the first annual Ham Bingo on Sunday, Dec. 16 at Alturas Veterans Hall, So. Main St. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. Games start at 2:00 p.m. Buy in $15 game pack of 20; $5 extra pack of 20 (must buy game pack); $1 blackout sheet (18 and over only); $100 Blackout prize (must be 18 or older to play). Come join the fun and win a Christmas ham. For more info, call Christy Hitchings.

All Church Christmas Praise
Join the All Church Christmas Praise in joyful songs of the season at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at Christian Life Assembly, 225 West B Street, Alturas. Light refreshments will follow the singing. The All Church Christmas Praise is sponsored by the Alturas Ministerial Association. Call Pastor Clarence McCarty at 233-2804 for more information.

Monday, December 17

Last Country Jam for Holidays
The last Alturas County Jam for the season will be Dec. 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Federated Church, 307 East 1st Street, Alturas. Jams will resume on Jan. 7, 2019. Join them from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Bring your voice, instrument or come to listen. Admission is free. Donations will go to the church and for supplies.

Hunter Safety classes
Hunter Safety classes will be held Dec. 17, 18 and 19, from 5:3-0 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alturas Elks Lodge on North Main St., Alturas. There is no charge for this class. Register online with the California Department of Wildlife website For more information, call 530-640-0189.

Bookworm has low-cost choices
The Friends of the Library Bookworm store offers low-cost, slightly used books, DVD’s, VHS tapes, and audio products. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. A new teaching materials section and great children’s section are available. Located west of the main library on W. 3rd St., Alturas.

Tuesday, December 18

Commodities hour
TEACH, INC. is offering USDA Commodities at the grey door in Alturas on Tuesday, December 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Family research library open
The Family History Library, located at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cedarville is now open on Tuesdays.  Hours are still 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 will 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.

Sell or find something
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.

Wednesday, December 19

SV Senior Citizens potluck
The Surprise Valley Senior Citizens potluck will be on December 19, at 12 noon, at the Senior Center in Cedarville. Bring your favorite dish and enjoy the day with others.

Library Board holds discussion
The bimonthly Modoc County Library Advisory Board meeting is Wednesday, December 19, 3:30 p.m., at the Alturas library. Agenda items include reviewing the policy of circulation limits. The librarian strives to utilize the best practices to ensure fairness to all patrons. Periodic reviews help pinpoint any areas that may need attention. The Friends of the Library donation policy will also be discussed.
Buck-A-Bag deals
The Buck-A-Bag trailer is open from noon until 4 p.m. each Wednesday. Find great deals at the Buck-a-Bag Trailer located directly north of the Alturas Library’s parking lot, on the northeast side of the library on West Third Street.

Thursday, December 20

Come for free hot meal
Faith Baptist will be serving a free meal of Ham, sweet potato casserole, salad, rolls and desserts, December 20 at 6 p.m. at Faith Baptist, at 810 W. Carlos, Alturas. All are welcome.

Don’t miss State Line fun
State Line scholars will be putting on their Christmas play on
Thursday, December 20 at 7:00 p.m. at State Line School.
This year's play is, "A Prehistoric Christmas" by Teresa Jennings.
What happens when a time warp sends Santa and his reindeer back to
prehistoric times? How will the dinosaurs react? Will T-Rex prove to
be the Tyrant King?
Refreshments will be served following the performance and a special
visitor is anticipated - HO-HO-HO!

In service to veterans
The VA van transports veterans free to VA appointments. Veterans are reminded to schedule on Wednesdays to Susanville Clinic and Thursdays to Reno VA Hospital. To reserve a van seat or to become a volunteer van driver, please call Pete Dubois, 530-233-3567. Volunteer van drivers are needed. For an application, please call the above number.

Humane Society open
High Plateau Humane Society’s Second Chance Thrift Store has a large selection of sweaters, hoodies and fleece at only $4, and ladies long sleeve shirts are buy one get one free!
Stop by Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 114 1st Street, Alturas. Phone (530) 233-9277. Store sales help support the High Plateau Humane Society.

American Legion office hours
American Legion Post 163 office is open every week at the Veterans Memorial Hall located at 508 S Main St, Alturas on Mondays from 5-7 p.m. and Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. If you have any questions or something they can help you with, feel free to stop by to talk to them. They also invite you to just come down and visit.
Veterans, who don’t have a computer or access to the Internet, can come to the Hall for help to get on the computer and help do what needs to be done.

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Stop by to see what’s new
High Plateau Humane Society’s Second Chance Thrift Store is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 114 1st Street, Alturas. Phone (530) 233-9277. Store sales help support the High Plateau Humane Society.

Bookworm has deals
The Bookworm offers low-cost, slightly used books, DVD’s, VHS tapes, and audio products. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. There is a teaching materials section and great children’s section. Located west of the main library on W. 3rd St., Alturas. Stock is ever-changing.

TOPS can offer help
Trying to lose weight? Give Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) 1954 a try. Join the supportive group on Thursdays at the Senior Citizens Center, 906 West Fourth St., Alturas. The group welcomes newcomers to join them at their weekly meetings from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Come find support with TOPS, which has proven successful for many local residents.

Coming Soon . . .

Winter begins December 21

Winter Break coming
Modoc Joint Unified Schools will start their winter break with a minimum day on Friday, Dec. 21 and return to classes Monday, January 7, 2019!

Free family afternoon at theater
A free family movie and interactive activities will be offered in the afternoon on Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Niles Theater, So. Main St., Alturas. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. A full snack bar will be available. Free small popcorn for participants. The newly-released version of the “Grinch” will be shown. The first 150 children will receive a $5 gift certificate to the Niles Theater. Kids bring your parent(s). Please no unattended children. Modoc County Dept. of Social Services and Child Abuse Prevention Council are co-sponsoring this fun afternoon.



























Support Groups

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

AA - Alturas Hilltoppers meets Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Federated Church, 307 East First St., Alturas.

Local 12 Step Meetings (Alcoholics Anonymous)
7:00-8:00 PM-204 W. 12th #5, Alturas

12:00-1:00 PM-204 W. 12th #4, Alturas
8:00-9:00 PM-Federated Church, Alturas

12:00-1:00 PM-204 W. 12th #5, Alturas
7:00-8:00 PM- Faith Baptist Church, Alturas

12:00-1:00 PM-204 W. 12th #5, Alturas
7:00-8:00 PM-204 W. 12th #5, Alturas

12:00-1:00 PM -204 W. 12th #5, Alturas
5:30-6:30 PM-Cedarville Community Church
7:00-8:00 PM-1204 W. 12th #5, Alturas

12:00-1:00 PM-204 W. 12th #5, Alturas
7:00-8:00 PM-204 W. 12th #5, Alturas
8:00-9:00 PM-Federated Church

12:00-1:00 PM-204 W. 12th #4, Alturas
7:00-8:00 PM-204 W. 12th #5, Alturas

7:00-8:00 PM-204 W. 12th #5, Alturas
8:00-9:00 PM Federated Church

Al-Anon meets on Tuesdays from 5:30 PM-6:30 PM- 204 W. 12th #5, Alturas
NA (Narcotics Anonymous): P
meets Mon. & Fri at 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays: “Just for Today and Topic Discussion”; Fridays: Step Study. Meet at 204 W. 12th St, #5, Alturas.
Emergency Hotline: 1-888-982-8161. “That no addict seeing recovery need ever die.”
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 5:00 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.
MS Support Group meets the first Wednesday of each month. Group starts at 1 p.m. at 105 E. Walnut Street, Adin. All are welcome to learn more or offer information to others. For more details, call 530-299-4267.



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