Newman tree lighting virtual this year

The Newman Chamber of Commerce and city of Newman will host a virtual lighting of the downtown community Christmas tree Saturday evening, Dec. 5 rather than inviting the public to gather for a live event.

The lighting will be streamed through social media, including the city Facebook page.

Organizers said the brief program will begin at 6 p.m. and include remarks by the mayor and possibly other city officials.

FDES fish takeout

The Newman FDES will host a takeout fish dinner Friday, Dec. 4. Drive-through meal pickup will be from 4-7 p.m. at the FDES Hall. The dinner includes fish filet, potatoes, salad, bread and wine. Donation is $30. For tickets call 678-1474 or 595-2075.

VFW Auxiliary

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Joseph G. Rose Post 7635, Auxiliary will meet Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Gustine.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Those attending are asked to wear a mask.

For more information, call Audrey McIntyre at 854-6094.

Portuguese Fraternal Society of America

PFSA, Council 7 Gustine-Newman, will hold a Zoom meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. President John Salvador will send out the invitation with all the necessary information. The December challenge is celebrating Christmas by collecting toys for a toy drive. Call Nancy Petersen, council secretary, at 854-6604 for more information.

Christmas light competition

The city of Gustine Recreation Department is hosting a Christmas light competition.

Categories include home, village, tree, bar and street/block (four-house minimum). Photos or videos of holiday light decorations may be posted on their Facebook page or Instagram with the hashtag #GUSTINECHRISTMAS2020.