Fun things to do with kids in Stanislaus County or on day trips

If your family is like so many others, by the end of this weekend, the kids will have had plenty of play with their new toys and gadgets and may utter those dreaded words: “There’s nothing to do.” We at The Bee put our heads together to come up with some ideas to help fill your time in quality ways.

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Congregation Beth Shalom thanks public-safety personnel with a Christmas meal

Police officers, paramedics, EMTs and other emergency-service providers all responded to a call from Congregation Beth Shalom on Christmas Day, though there was no emergency – just a few hunger pangs, perhaps. The Modesto synagogue put out the call – for the seventh year – inviting all first responders in Stanislaus County who work on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to stop by for a meal of homemade lasagna, a salad bar, bread, beverages and desserts.


Golden Valley Health to create ombudsman program

Golden Valley Health Centers’ board of directors is reviewing recent allegations from staff and will create an ombudsman program to build trust within the organization, according to a statement released Wednesday. It was the board’s first public response since staff aired complaints in recent weeks about the new management of Golden Valley.


Stanislaus State student gathers hundreds of toys for kids

An effort by California State University, Stanislaus, student Aneesa Smith to collect teddy bears and assorted stuffed animals as Christmas gifts to needy children has gathered 302 toys. The Parent Resource Center and the Modesto Gospel Mission each received half of the stuffed animals to distribute. “I loved my stuffed animals as a child, and I know these children will, too,” Smith said at the start of the drive. “At Christmas, every child deserves someone to love.” For more information on the PRC, go to www.prcfamilies.org or call (209) 549-8193. For more on the Modesto Gospel Mission, 1400 Yosemite Blvd., go to www.modestogospelmission.org or call (209) 529-8259.

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