Life briefs from Saturday's paper.
CHP seeking toy donations
Donations of toys are sought for the annual CHiP's for Kids program sponsored by the Yuba-Sutter California Highway Patrol.
Individuals, schools, businesses and organizations can bring new, unwrapped toys until Dec. 15 to the CHP office, 1619 Poole Blvd., in Yuba City.
Toys will be distributed through Dec. 22 to local children.
For more information, contact Officer Jeff Larson at the Yuba-Sutter CHP office at 674-5141.
Eagle Scout ceremony today
Keith Staples, a member of Troop 29 in Loma Rica, will be honored with an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at 7 p.m. today at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Loma Rica Ward, 11646 Hill Road, Loma Rica.
His Eagle project, completed in September 2008 at the age of 13, was to design, build and install food storage boxes for Zion's Camp, a family-based campsite in Challenge.
Though he passed his Eagle board of review in March, he waited until November for his Court of Honor so his brother, Rhett, could attend after returning from a mission for the church.
The son of Richard and Melinda Staples of Marysville, Keith has three brothers and three sisters.
Marine Reserves launch toy drive
More than 20 sites in Yuba and Sutter counties are accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys for the Toys For Tots program sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserve.
Drop-off locations include businesses, banks and realty offices.
• Kmart, 850 Gray Ave., Yuba City.
• Olivehurst Drug Store, 4897 Olivehurst Ave., Olivehurst.
• Linda's Soda Bar and Grill, 668 Plumas St., Yuba City.
• Walmart Supercenter, 1131 N. Beale Road, Linda.
• Toys R Us, 700 Onstott Frontage Road, Yuba City.
• Coldwell Banker Heritage House Real Estate, 890 Richland Road, Yuba City.
• Marysville High School Library, corner of 18th and B streets, Marysville.
• Garner Family Christmas Tree Lot, corner of Smartsville Road and Highway 20 at Youngs Corner, Smartsville.
• Gold Country Bank, all five locations.
Foster family agencies, welfare agencies, local school groups and families will receive various donated toys.
Non-profit agencies and needy families can register at http://yuba-city-ca.toysfortots.org or call John Black at 673-1600 or Sue Davies at the Three Rivers Chapter of the American Red Cross at 673-1460.
Conference focus is communication
Family SOUP is hosting a conference on serving persons with complex communication needs. The conference features guest speaker Ceasor Seaborn, a 23-year-old student studying computer science at Sacramento City College.
He is also an advocate for those needing augmentative and alternative communication.
The conference, "Everyone Can Communicate," is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at 1650 Sierra Ave., Suite 106, Yuba City. Lunch will be served.
For reservations, due by Tuesday, call 751-1925.
Family SOUP is sponsored by the Sutter County Children and Families Commission and California Early Start.
Christmas in the Foothills planned
A wide variety of Yuba County businesses are participating in the upcoming 17th annual Christmas in the Foothills in Browns Valley, Brownsville, Dobbins and Oregon House.
The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6, with each of the 15 locations marked with a bright sign. Maps will also be available at each site.
Participating businesses include:
• Browns Valley — Fletcher's Tuff Stuff Beef Jerky and Browns Valley Mercantile.
• Brownsville — Enchanted Forest, Bonnie Lou's Café, Destination Whimsey, Books 'n More, Brownsville post office, Video Busters and Foothill Fire Department Auxiliary Thrift Store.
• Dobbins — Dobbins School and Lucero Vineyards/Winery.
• Oregon House — Foothill ACE Hardware, Collins Lake, Dobbins/Oregon House Fire Auxiliary Thrift Store and Oregon House Farms.
The annual event is sponsored by Yuba Feather Communities Services and the Rabbit Creek Journal.
Christmas Craft Fair scheduled
The Christmas Craft Faire in Gridley is set from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Community Building, 200 E. Spruce St., in Gridley.
Activities include breakfast with Santa Claus, a farmers market and a lunch provided by the Gridley Lioness Club.
For more information, contact sponsor the Gridley Business Improvement District at 846-3687.
Christmas drama highlights lunch
Mary Moffitt will perform a one-woman Christmas drama "Mary Remembers" for "A Christmas to Remember" luncheon sponsored by the Yuba City/Marysville Christian Women's Club.
The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at The Refuge, 1501 Butte House Road, Yuba City.
The program also includes a collection of Christmas melodies performed by Carol Keesling.
Cost is $14 per person. For free child care and reservations, call 671-1443 or 695-3732.
Dinner to take Christmas theme
"A Christmas Story" is the theme for the After 5 of Yuba City Marysville dinner slated Dec. 8 in Yuba City.
Planned from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the event is at The Refuge, 1501 Butte House Road.
Mary Moffitt will perform "Mary Remembers," a one-woman drama, and Terry Barber will perform a collection of various Christmas melodies.
The cost is $18. For reservations, call 751-2306 or 751-7237.
Seniors planning casino bus trip
South Sutter Seniors are hosting a trip Dec. 9 to Red Hawk Casino in Placerville.
Bus pick-up times are 7:30 a.m. at the South Sutter Recreation Association Hall in East Nicolaus and 8 a.m. at Third and F streets in Lincoln.
The cost is $23 per person, including the tip for the bus driver, with all profits going to the East Nicolaus High School Scholarship Fund.
For reservations, call 656-2366.
Family SOUP holiday show set
Tickets are available for a performance of "Mother Goose Christmas Carol" presented by Family SOUP and The Acting Company in Yuba City.
The cost is $5, with limited funds available to help with ticket purchase.
The show is at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at 815 B St.
Call 751-1925 for more information.
Sponsors also include the Sutter County Children and Families Commission.
VFW planning special bingo
The Olivehurst Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 4095 is hosting a special Bingo Night Christmas Raffle Dec. 17 in addition to bingo on New Year's Eve at 4956 Powerline Road, Olivehurst.
Both events start at 6:45 p.m.
The special bingo night, with a cost of $12 per person, includes extra door prizes including a turkey or ham. Raffle tickets are three for $5, with all proceeds going to the Cancer Benefit Fund.
Lions schedule New Year's dance
"Loose Change" will perform rock and roll hits of the '50s through the '80s at the New Year's Eve Dinner and Dance in Loma Rica.
Sponsored by the Foothill Lions Club, the event on Dec. 31 is from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Foothill Lions Community Center, 5667 Fruitland Road. Those attending must be 21 years or older.
A beef tenderloin dinner will be served. The event includes party favors, a champagne toast at midnight and a door prize.
Tickets are $25, and must be purchased in advance. Space is limited.
To purchase tickets, call 742-5466.
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