Mother's Day will soon be upon us. Stores are stocked with a variety of gifts and greeting cards celebrating mothers and others who hold special places in our hearts. Plans are being made to spend the day treating Mom to her favorite foods and taking her to a show, out shopping, or on some other outing she will enjoy. The day promises to be filled with tear-inducing sentiments and heartfelt thanks for the myriad ways our mothers enhance our lives.
For many residents of Salida, Mother's Day will begin at Fire Station No. 1, on the corner of Salida Boulevard and Broadway. Sunday, from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m., the Salida Firefighters Association will have its 52nd Annual Mother's Day Breakfast.
Donations will be accepted at the door and this year's event will include raffle items. The meal is simple, pancakes and eggs, but no one really comes just for the food (even though it's good). They come to show their support for the mostly volunteer fire department that protects their homes, businesses, churches, schools and fields.
Dale Skiles, chief of the Salida Fire Department, describes the fund-raiser as an open house of sorts, a time to invite the community to visit the firehouse and meet the people who donate their time and expertise to serve Salida's ever-growing needs.
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It is a social affair, with fire engines on display and food served cafeteria-style. Long rows of tables are set up in the engine bay; people are directed to open seats based on the size of their party and the space available. One never knows where they'll be seated or whom they'll be seated next to, but you're sure to see at least one person you haven't seen in awhile.
The Annual Mother's Day Breakfast is a time to catch up on family news, to marvel at how fast the kids are growing, and to share opinions about recent events.
The Mother's Day Breakfast is the first of two fund-raisers for the Salida Firefighters Association. On July 21, they will have their 51st Chicken Barbecue from 4 p.m. to
8 p.m., also at Fire Station No. 1. Ticket prices haven't been set, but you also can get your chicken, green or potato salad and a roll at the drive-through.
The proceeds from these and other events are used to buy specialized rescue and personal protection equipment and to refurbish equipment used at Salida's three stations (Salida Boulevard, Ladd Road and Ciccarelli Road). The department also participates in other community activities, such as the Safety Fair and the Community Christmas program.
Salida is a small town that has grown over the years, but still wishes to retain the close-knit community feel. These fund-raisers are a way to foster that sense of community.
Moore is a longtime resident of Salida. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.