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Some retailers already hiring for the holiday rush

Target is seeking workers for its seasonal staff at its store on Sisk Road in Modesto, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016.
Target is seeking workers for its seasonal staff at its store on Sisk Road in Modesto, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016.

Though there’s still a week left of summer, it’s not too early to think about the holiday season, particularly if you’re looking for a Christimastime job.

Retailers soon will be starting the hiring process, if they haven’t already. Target announced this week that it would hire 70,000 people nationwide for seasonal jobs. A quick look at its employment site shows seasonal positions available locally at sites in Modesto, Riverbank and Turlock.

Not surprisingly, Toys R Us, another big player in the holiday market, also soon will be seeking seasonal help. A representative for the company said it would announce its hiring plans Wednesday. Coincidentally, the company also has released its “2016 Hot Toy list” and I have to say, the Star Wars InteracTech Stormtrooper, with dozens of light and sound effects, motions and sensors, looks pretty nifty. “Strap on his jetpack, load his blaster and get ready to bring your Star Wars stories to life!”

Internet giant Amazon also will be hiring seasonal employees, but I couldn’t find any information on when that will happen and a representative could not be reached for comment. This year, Amazon actually is hiring people to work from home as seasonal customer service associates; however, California is not included in the 20 states participating.

ELSEWHERE AROUND THE BUSINESS BEAT: You wouldn’t know it to look at my particular domicile, but Sept. 11-17 is International Housekeeping Week.

Folks at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Modesto are celebrating in some fun ways. According to a news release, the hotel staff will be “flexing their muscles and showing off their abilities in competitions that include lightning-fast bed-making races, managers competing to clean a room properly, and much more including awards and recognition.”

I wonder how fast the winning bed-maker is. It takes me forever, and even then I don’t do a very good job of it.

Kole Siefken, general manager of Modesto’s DoubleTree, called the housekeeping department “the backbone of any hotel.”

“During this week, we really take time to recognize the tremendous contribution of our housekeeping teams,” Siefken said in the release. “And we do it in a way that is not only fun and exciting, but also gives them a chance to show what they can do.”

▪ You can take a drive for a good cause in Turlock this weekend. Price Ford of Turlock will host a “Drive One” event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pitman High School, 2525 W. Christoffersen Parkway.

The dealership gives $20 for each test drive taken during that time to the Pitman High School FFA program, up to $8,000. The flier promises, “No salespeople – just volunteers looking to raise money for the community.”