What: GIFT STORE OPEN HOUSE
When: Wednesday, noon to 4 p.m.
Where: McHenry Mansion, 924 15th St.
Info: The McHenry Mansion will be having a gift store open house offering a sampling of teas. Tours of the restored and Christmas-decorated mansion will be available. For more information, call (209) 549-0428.
What: TOY AND PAJAMA DRIVE
When: Through Dec. 15
Info: The Latino Community Roundtable is hosting a toy and pajama drive. Drop-off locations are: Castle Real Estate, 1418 J St., Modesto; all area Wells Fargo Bank branches; Je Tamie Bridal & Tuxedo Wear, 1321 McHenry Ave., Modesto; and 7-Eleven, Herndon Road and Joyce Avenue, Ceres. On Sunday, donations will be accepted at 4004 Thornhill Lane, Modesto, in front of the LighTazmic dancing Christmas lights display. Members of the Latino Community Roundtable will be giving out hot chocolate and pan dulce, Mexican pastry, to anyone who brings a toy or pajamas. For more information, call Maggie (209) 303-2664.
What: HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE
When: Through Dec. 20
Where: Modesto Police Department, 600 10th St.
Info: Explorers from the Modesto Police Department are hosting a toy drive to benefit the Family Crisis Center. To donate a new or gently used toy, simply place it in the bins located in the lobby of the Modesto Police Department. The Modesto Police Explorers are a volunteer organization in which young men and women, ages 16 to 20, learn aspects of law enforcement. The Explorers will deliver the toys to the Family Crisis Center on Dec. 21.
What: PIANIST NEEDED
When: Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.
Where: Turlock Senior Center, 1919 Cahill Ave.
Info: The Turlock Senior Chorus is looking for a pianist to accompany the singing group. This is a group of senior citizens meeting to enjoy their musical talents. For more information, call Tom at (209) 632-4993.
What: TRIBUTE CONCERT
When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Where: Pacheco High School, Performing Arts Building, 200 N. Ward Road
Info: Pacheco High School is having its second annual Veterans Tribute Concert. Admission is free to veterans and active duty members. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ASB, $2 for elementary students and free for those 5 and younger.
What: ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE MEETING
When: Monday, 11 a.m.
Where: Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.
Info: The citys 125th Anniversary Committee will meet to discuss a major theme for the event. The committee is still seeking ideas on how best to celebrate the anniversary, including the types of events to hold and their timing. Subcommittee assignments will be made; volunteers are still being recruited. Anyone unable to attend the meeting can share ideas or sign up to volunteer by calling (209) 385-6834 or emailing email@example.com.
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