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Early deadline due to holiday

The West Side Index and Gustine Press-Standard will publish one day early next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The deadline for all news and advertising items for next week’s Index and Press-Standard editions is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20.

American Legion Auxiliary

The American Legion Auxiliary, Manuel M. Lopes Post 240, Auxiliary will meet Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Gustine.

Members attending are asked to wear a mask.

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

Old-Fashioned Christmas

Gustine will again ring in the holiday season on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, but the annual Old-Fashioned Christmas at Home will have a different look due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The day will start with a community breakfast organized by community members, said Pat Borrelli, but rather than a sit-down meal the breakfast will be takeout only. Meals will be distributed from 8-11 a.m. at the Gustine Pentecost Hall.

The Chamber of Commerce is organizing a downtown craft fair that will run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., said chamber President Debbie Goularte.

The street will be closed so vendors can spread out in the downtown area, she explained.

The Christmas tree lighting will be held virtually, Goularte said, and there will be no lighted Christmas parade this year.

“With the craft fair people are wandering and walking. With a parade people are gathering. We have to stay away from anything in which people are gathering,” Goularte explained.

She said chamber leaders are striving to make the best of the situation as they plan to continue the tradition with the new format.

“Our traditions are very important,” Goularte commented. “If we can find a way to keep them going we will do that.”

Operation Christmas Child

First Baptist Church of Newman is once again taking part in Operation Christmas Child.

The program delivers shoe boxes willed with school supplies, personal necessity items, clothing and toys to children in need throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, Central and South America.

Over the past four years, the local church has collected 2,196 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

The church, located at 910 R St., will be accepting donations of shoe boxes Thursday and Friday, Nov. 19-20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 20, from 1-3 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 21, from 9-11 a.m.

Due to the pandemic, volunteers will be collecting donations from vehicles in the church parking lot. If a donor does not see a volunteer in the parking lot upon arrival, they are asked to get out of their vehicle and push the call button on the intercom located on a table beside the church office door.

For more information about packing a shoe box may visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Local donors may contact Tamara Edwards, 735-8464, for additional information.

CL Pentecost dinner

The Crows Landing Pentecost will serve a takeout matanca dinner Saturday, Nov. 21.

Meals can be picked up from 4-7 p.m. at the Crows Landing Pentecost Hall.

Tickets are $25. Call 620-9254 or 525-2182 for tickets. A limited number of tickets will be available at the event.

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.