RIVERBANK — Residents will get a chance to do good for the planet, for their health and for families in need through a series of upcoming events.
These will include the local version of America Recycles Day on Friday, Turkey Trot footraces for children Nov. 23, and turkey drives in advance of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then theres the annual Riverbank Christmas Festival and Parade on Nov. 30.
• America Recycles Day: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, several types of items will be collected in the City Council chamber, 6707 Third St. Goodwill Industries of San Joaquin Valley Inc. will accept electronic waste. The Riverbank Kiwanis Club will collect toner cartridges from printers, copiers and fax machines. The Riverbank Lions Club will take gently used eyeglasses and pull-tabs from soda cans. City employees will collect household batteries, paper, aluminum cans and plastic bottles. The city is partnering with Keep America Beautiful on the event. Find out more information on what can be recycled by calling (209) 863-7191.
• Turkey Trot: The free annual races will start at 10 a.m. Nov. 23 at Castleberg Park, Eighth Street and Kentucky Avenue. Boys and girls divisions will compete in several groups for ages 4 to 12. Turkeys and other prizes will be awarded. To preregister, visit the recreation office at 6707 Third St. or call (209) 863-7150.
• Turkey drive: The Riverbank Cares Committee will accept turkey and nonperishable food donations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 in front of Galaxy Theatres and Les Schwab Tire Center, both on Patterson Road. They also can be donated at OBriens Market, on the same street, and people can donate turkey bucks the grocer gives out toward buying the birds. Nonperishable food also can be dropped off until Dec. 18 at city offices, OBriens, Galaxy, Westamerica Bank, St. Frances of Rome Church, Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District, the Riverbank Library, Fair Deal Market, Riverbank Suave Dental and Riverbank TSW Financial Services. For more information on donating, or to tell organizers about people in need, call (209) 863-7153 or (209) 869-3710.
• Christmas Festival and Parade: The Nov. 30 event will start with a craft fair from 2 to 8 p.m. on Third Street. The parade, with lights on every entry, will roll along downtown streets starting at 5:30 p.m. That will be followed by the lighting of the city tree and visits with Santa Claus at Third and Santa Fe streets. The gathering will end at 8 p.m. People interested in being craft fair vendors or entering the parade can call (209) 863-7122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.