Modoc County Record Community Gatherings

Thursday, December 5

Elks Hoop Shoot for ages 8-13

Alturas Elks Lodge will hold its annual Hoop Shoot contest on Thursday, December 5 at the Modoc Middle School Gym. The Gym will be open at 3:00 p.m. so the kids can get warmed up. The competition will start at 3:30 p.m. Boys and girls ages 8-13 (as of April 1, 2020) will be eligible to compete in three age divisions. Those youth winning their division will be eligible to advance to the District competition January 12, and invited to dinner at the Lodge for their achievements. This year’s contest is dedicated to Len Weber and his many years of service and dedication to the Hoop Shoot event. Any questions contact Hoop Shoot chairman Curtis Schmidt 233-5435. 

Check out Humane Society’s shop

Stop in and see what's new for the holidays at Second Chance Thrift Store, corner of First and Court Streets. Open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

The Humane Society has need of kitten, cat, puppy and dog food. Low cost veterinary certificates are available for low cost immunizations, euthanasia, office visits as well as dog/cat spay/neuter. Feral cat neuter/spay $50 per cat. Stop by to learn more.

Lose weight and keep it off

Trying to lose weight? Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) 1954 can help. Join the supportive group on 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 with TOPS, which has proven successful for many local men, women and teens.

Online, print or both – your choice

Start a Modoc Record subscription. It’s easy – just call the Record at 530-233-2632, email or stop by 201 West Carlos Street, Alturas for your choice of delivery options.

Sign up for an Online only subscription at

Friday, December 6

The Record closes at 1 p.m. Fridays

Soup Lunch, Bazaar in Tulelake

Christmas Bazaar and Soup Lunch at Community Presbyterian Church, 442 Second Street, Tulelake, on Friday, December 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buy a beautiful Holiday Wreath.

Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. enjoy a choice of two homemade soups: Clam Chowder and Herb Chicken Soup plus bread, drinks, dessert for a $10 donation. Contact info Basin Community Presbyterian Church, Tulelake and Malin—Marcia Walker, (541) 281-6429, email


Tree lighting in Surprise Valley

The Surprise Valley Chamber is again sponsoring the Surprise Valley Tree Lighting activities on December 6, 5 p.m. at the Senior Center. Please plan to join in this family fun activity with the blessing and lighting of the community tree and the singing of Christmas carols to welcome the holiday season.


Chamber Mixer at Plumas Bank

Alturas Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present its Annual Winter Fest beginning with co-hosting the Annual December Business Mixer at Plumas Bank on Friday, December 6, beginning at 6:00 p.m. There will be lots of great food and atmosphere so please come join the occasion.

Saturday, December 7

Kids’ free Holiday movie

Alturas Rural Fire Department will be showing Disney PIXAR’S “Toy Story 4” for free for children and families on Saturday, December 7 at the A.C.T. Niles Theater. Alturas Rural Fire Department, Niles Theater and Alturas Early Head Start are sponsoring the show and only ask each attendee to bring a non-perishable food item to donate. A small popcorn bag and beverage will be given in exchange. The concession stand will also be open. Santa arrives at 10 a.m. for photos with children and to hand out candy canes. The Fire Dept. will also be holding a boot drive to raise funds for future training and equipment purchases to aid firefighters responding to emergencies.

Holiday happening at Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Alturas presents their annual Christmas Bazaar and Baked potato, soup and dessert bar for lunch on Saturday, Dec. 7. Open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Parish Hall, 507 E. 4th St., Alturas. Photos with Santa from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Raffle tickets, $2 each or six for $10. See display ad for details.

Cookie Extravaganza makes life easy

It’s a delightful tradition - Christian Life Assembly will have cookies for sale at 225 West B St., Alturas on December 7 from 8:30 – 1:00 p.m. A wide assortment of cookies will be available from which to select. Come early and select your favorite cookies. Call 233-2216 for more information.

Holiday Bazaar at club’s Whistlestop

The Alturas Garden Club invites the public to attend their annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Back by popular demand will be our jumbo size pinecone bird feeders, greenery, delicious baked goods and stocking stuffers for pets and people. New and nearly new Christmas decorations will be for sale, along with a few more surprises. This year club members are mixing it up with two new activities - a gift wrapping station where you can have your presents wrapped for a donation while you take a break from shopping and relax with a cup of tea or coffee. Come and celebrate the season and enjoy the ambience of the historic Whistle Stop Depot, located at 304 N. East Street.

Winter Bazaar, Bake Sale

Annual AVFF (Alturas Veterans Family & Friends) Winter bazaar and Bake Sale, Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 9 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Hall, So. Main St., Alturas. Come join for some shopping and baked goods. For more information about booth rentals and to donate baked goods, call Christy Hitchings at 530-640-0288.

Pet Photos with Santa

Photos with Santa will be available Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7, 14, and 15 from 1 – 4 p.m. at Petco in Klamath Falls, OR. Get a digital photo of your pet with Santa with a $9.95 donation and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Alturas based High Plateau Humane Society (HPHS).

Kim Marchant, President of HPHS, will be sitting in as Santa on Dec.14 and 15.

Make Winterfest sparkle

Alturas Winterfest festivities begin on Saturday, December 7, when the Alturas Chamber of Commerce holds the Annual Winterfest Parade with line up at 5:00 p.m. at the Veteran's Park on So. Main Street. “Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child” is this year’s theme.

Lighted entries will parade south to north on Main Street, starting at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at Main Street Park next to Plumas Bank. A live Nativity presentation, Blessing and lighting of the Christmas Tree will follow at Main Street Park. Along with a bonfire to help keep everyone warm, there will be a booth offering hot chocolate, coffee and hot dogs along with an opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus. No parade application is necessary to take part, so plan to join the parade lineup with a lighted entry at Veterans Park. The community can bundle up and come out to enjoy the evening holiday festivities together.

Elks host Merchants’ Night

Alturas Elks Lodge will be ringing in the holiday season and celebrating the local Winterfest with their annual Tom 'N Jerry Night on Saturday, December 7 starting at 5 p.m. This annual mixer is to recognize the local merchants of Alturas. Elks invite all merchants to be guests of the Lodge and enjoy Tom 'n Jerry's for free. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided and a no host bar will be open. Come up and enjoy the Christmas decorations, a smoke free atmosphere, and the view of the tree lighting. Any questions contact Steve Riley 640-1045.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

In honor of those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor in 1941 American Legion Post 163, Veterans of Foreign Wars 3327 and VFW Aux 3327 will be holding a short ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, at 508 S Main St., Alturas. Desserts and beverages will be available after the ceremony. Admission is free, however donation cans will be available for those who wish to help support our local Veteran Organizations.

New Peer Support Group

Dates are subject to change, due to unexpected closures. Show up Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2 - 4 p.m. at Sunrays of Hope. 113 E. North St., Alturas. Connect with non-judgmental people who share similar experiences, share strategies to help deal with difficult situation and provide encouragement during challenging and rewarding times.

Sunday, December 8

Eagleville Community Church Christmas Sing

Join others at 2 p.m. at the Eagleville Community Church on Sunday, December 8 to celebrate the Christmas season with songs and cheer.  The Rev. Dr. Ben Zandstra will lead the singing of favorite carols and seasonal songs.  Bring a favorite musical instrument to help spread the cheer. Refreshments and time to meet with friends and make new ones will follow during this busy season.  

Turkey Bingo fun at Vets’ Hall

All ages are welcome to play Bingo for a chance to win turkeys on Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Alturas Veterans Hall, So. Main St. Doors open at 12 p.m. Buy-in, $10. Extra cards, $5 each. Games will also be sold on the floor. For the final $100 Blackout game, only those 18 and older will be allowed to play in the hall. A snack bar will be open to purchase snacks. This event is hosted by the VFW Auxiliary #3327.

MREA meeting

Modoc Recreational Estates meeting will be Sunday, December 8,

at 3:00 p.m. at the Sons of the Pioneer Lake. If more information is needed, call (530) 233-3801. All members are welcome.

Trap, Skeet shoots

Trap and Skeet practice has resumed at the Alturas Gun Range on Sundays. Start time, 9 a.m. Contact Ted Steiger, (530) 640-2019 for more information. The range is located on Centerville Road. Non-members welcome.

Monday, December 9

Grief, Loss Group renews meetings

Please join the Grief & Loss Group at Modoc County Health Services, 441 N. Main St., Alturas on Dec. 9,16 and 23, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Facilitator(s) Jamie Harris and Samantha Clay, Behavioral Health Specialists.

Country Jam night in Alturas

Everyone’s invited to enjoy the Alturas Country Jam on Mondays at Federated Church, 307 East 1st Street, Alturas. Doors are open 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.

Check out the library

Alturas Library is open Monday, 10-5; Tuesday, 12-6; Thursday 12-7; Friday 10-5. Closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tuesday, December 10

Stop by Bookworm

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.

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.

Wednesday, December 11

Modoc High Music Concert

Announcing Modoc High School’s music concert on December 11 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 to the Shirley Oxley Social Hall at Modoc High. This concert features the concert band, jazz band and choir under the direction of new Modoc High Music Director Jared Deardorff.

Veterans van on the go

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.

Record classifieds work

Place a Classified Ad in the Modoc Record before noon Wednesday, to run in the next day’s online and print editions. Email, call (530) 233-2632 or fax 530-233-5113.

Pick up 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 12

Your Modoc Record is ready!

Stop by 201 West Carlos, Alturas, for your Record, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Modoc Record can also be purchased at many Modoc businesses.

Join Red Cross

Red Cross meeting will be December 12, at 1 p.m.

at 222 West North Street – the old Alturas City Hall building. Meetings are open to the public. 

BPOE Elks dinner meeting

Alturas Elks Lodge will hold its next meeting Thursday December 12. Reminder, this is the only meeting in December. Cocktails start at 6 p.m., dinner starts at 7 p.m., and the meeting starts at 8 p.m. Merry Christmas, and remember B.P.O.E. also stands for Best People On Earth. Any questions contact Doug Waterman at 640-1731.

Lose weight and keep it off

Trying to lose weight? Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) 1954 can help. Join the supportive group on 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 with TOPS, which has proven successful for many local men, women and teens.

Online, print or both – your choice

Start a Modoc Record subscription. It’s easy – just call the Record at 530-233-2632, email or stop by 201 West Carlos Street, Alturas for your choice of delivery options.

Sign up for an Online only subscription at

Coming Events

Good food, fun at dinner theater

Modoc Performing Arts Theater will present their annual fund-raiser dinner and theatrical production “Rollin’ in Dough in Mistletoe” or “Don’t Crack Jingle Bell Rock” on Friday, Dec. 13 at the Veteran’s Hall, So. Main St., Alturas at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

A Christmas Ham dinner, side dishes, dessert and beverages will be served by Antonio’s Cucina Italiana. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. There will be no on-line tickets for this show. Tickets may be purchased from Karen Hays 530-640-0028. Only 100 pre-sale tickets will be available.

Reserve for Holiday Tea

“A December to Remember,” Rotary’s Holiday Tea is now taking reservations for Saturday, December 14, at Faith Baptist Church on the corner of Carlos and West Streets in Alturas. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with seating at noon. Tickets remain at $25 each. Tables are available for individuals and organizers to host. Hosted tables consist of seating for eight people and offer the opportunity to bring out your best china and allow your imagination to unfold, creating unique settings to complement the beautiful décor of the room. Entertainment will be provided. For information to reserve a table or to purchase tickets contact Dianna Bass at (530) 708-1086.

AVFF presents Ham Bingo

Join the Bingo games for ham prizes (all ages) and a $100 Blackout (for ages 18 and over) on Sunday, Dec. 15 at Veterans Hall, So Main St., Alturas. Doors open at 1 p.m. Games begin at 2 p.m. Buy-in: $15 game pack of 20; $5 extra pack of 20 (must purchase game pack); $1 blackout sheet (18 and over only)/ Join in the fun and win a Christmas ham. For more information call Christy Hitchings, 530-640-0288.

Come out for Bingo

Join others, ages 18 and up for Bingo nights at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, at the Veterans Memorial Hall, So. Main St., Alturas. The games are hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 3327. Next games: Dec. 17.

Comment on item at meeting

The bimonthly Modoc County Library Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December18, 10:00 a.m., at the Alturas Library, 212 West Third Street. One of the agenda items is to consider no longer charging fees for overdue material. Public comment welcome.

Make a joyful noise at All Church Praise

Join in the All Church Christmas Praise at Christian Life Assembly, 225 West B Street, Alturas on Thursday evening, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. Sing songs of the season.

Schools go on Holiday Break

Dec. 23 through January 3, Modoc Joint Unified Schools will be on a winter break.

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
8:00-9:00 PM- Federated Church, 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):
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."


New Beginnings (every Thursday)
Adult children of alcoholics/dysfunctional families are gathering every Thursday, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Living in Wellness Center, 406 Main St., Adin. This is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope in order to recover from the effects of having been raised in an alcoholic, addiction-filled or dysfunctional household. The group practices a program of recovery adapted from the Twelve Steps. Included in this program will be the development of an individual Wellness Plan and skills to promote resilience. For more information, please call 530-299-3518.


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.


LGBTQ+ Support Group meeting


Please join at Sunrays of Hope where individuals meet the first and third Saturday of each month to talk about issues which those in the LGBTQ+ community face. The goal is to provide a safe place for people to express their feelings and thoughts and create a support system within the community.


Described as "safe, confidential, enlightening, open minded, and snacks provided," join others at Sunrays of Hope, located at 113 E. North St., Alturas. Contact Jennifer (530) 708-7765 or Nicole at (707) 510-9488.

Caregiver Peer Support Group

The first Wednesday of each month, 3 – 4:30 p.m. join the peer support group for family caregivers of adults, that addresses issues caregivers face in care giving for an older adult loved one. Safe and supportive environment and educational information to help caregivers on this journey. Meet at the Wellness Center, 406 Main St., Adin. Facilitated by Analuisa Orozco. For more information contact 530-299-3518 or Passages Caregiver Resource Center, 1-800-995-0878 www.Passages


Caregiving Peer Support Group

The last Wednesday of each month in Alturas, 3 – 5 p.m., Henderson Street across from MCOE office in room 131-B, MMC Education Room, Alturas. Join this free peer support group that addresses issues family caregivers of adults face. Safe and supportive environment and educational information to help on this caregiving journey. Facilitated by Analuisa Orozco. For more information contact 530-299-3518 or Passages Caregiver Resource Center, 1-800-995-0878 www.Passages