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DONATE TO A CHILD: Comerciantes Unidos is seeking donations for 1,000 children it plans to provide with gifts at the "Third Annual Posada de la Crows Landing." The Posada will be Wednesday at Schackelford Elementary School. The organization does not register children or ask for names. Last year, it gave away more than 1,000 toys, but ended up with a waiting list of 200 names, and provided a free dinner of tamales, rice, beans, pan dulce and chocolate for each child and his or her parents. More than 3,000 meals were served to the community. Santa will be there for free family photos, and everyone will receive a free candy cane with his or her toy from Santa. All those who would like to help can meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Schackelford School. For more information, call Maggie Mejia at 312-0516 or 303-2664.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Parent Resource Center is looking for volunteers to help with in-home mentoring, labor and delivery support, co-facilitating parenting classes, child care assistants and special event volunteers. The center is a nonprofit child abuse prevention agency that depends on volunteers. An orientation will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 7 at 811 Fifth St. For more information, call Cindy at 549-8193 or e-mail prc@prcfamilies.org.

SIGN LANGUAGE: The Society for Handicapped Children and Adults will offer an eight-week sign language session starting Jan. 14. Beginning, intermediate, religious sign and song, and advanced/conversational sign classes will be offered. Religious sign and song is offered only once a year. Class sizes are limited. Registration is required by Jan. 8. The cost is $35 per person. For registration forms and class information, go to www.societyforhandicapped.org or call 524-3536.


CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Les Marsden, will offer a "Festive Holiday" concert featuring the "Harry Potter Symphonic Suite" by John Williams, today at 7 p.m. Works by Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Strauss, Sullivan, Phillip Smith and more will be featured. The concert, at Fiester Auditorium, Mariposa County High School, is dedicated to the memory of Joan Gloor, an orchestra supporter. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students through the Mariposa County Arts Council Inc., 966-3155. Tickets also are available at the Mariposa Visitors Center, 966-7081.

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