The Surtec Adopt-a-Family program is looking for volunteers to help deliver food and gifts to hundreds of Tracy families starting at 10 a.m. from 1225 N. MacArthur Drive, Ste. 400.
Each family is given four boxes of food, a gift for each child and a $25 grocery store gift card.
For information: Cheryl Sanders, 820-3700 ext. 214.
Java with Santa
Manny’s Java Makers will host a breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Sunday at the café, 2179 W. Grant Line Road. The cost is the regular menu price for breakfast and $5 for a picture with Santa.
For information: 221-5972.
Piano students of Donna Mizuno will play for Raley’s shoppers from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the grocery store, 2550 S. Tracy Blvd. Students will play on an electric piano, and donations will benefit Tracy Interfaith Ministries.
For information: Donna Mizuno, 833-7551.
Christmas Open House
The Tracy Coalition of Citizens to Help the Homeless will host its first Christmas Open House from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Realty World Corral Hollow office, 110 W. 10th St.
People who come can decorate cookies, sing Christmas carols and enjoy refreshments.
For information: Marvin Rothschild, 914-5242.
Dance performance in Banta
Grace Christian Center and Illumination dance will perform “The Perfect Gift” at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday at Banta School, 22345 El Rancho Road.
The performance is a modern interpretation of the story of Christmas. Admission is free.
For information: 832-4464.
Pet food drive
Decadent Pets and the nonprofit Lucky Paws are asking for pet food donations to help out pet owners who are struggling financially.
The store is at 925 Central Ave., and people who buy pet food and donate can write the cost off on their taxes. In addition to dog and cat food, there’s a need for parakeet and cockatiel food.
Donations enable the nonprofit to serve free pet food every Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.
For information: 834-8067.
Yoga studio sponsors food, toy drive
Flow Yoga Studio will host a canned-food and toy drive. The toy drive will end Wednesday, but the food drive will continue until Dec. 30. Donations can be dropped off at the studio, 3602 Mars Way.
The toy drive will benefit Brighter Christmas, while the canned food will go to Tracy Interfaith Ministries. Anyone who donates either of the items will receive a free yoga class.
For information: Silva Kruse, 830-0405.
Goods needed for Tracy Interfaith
Tracy Interfaith Ministries has a need for towels, sheets, blankets, heaters, warm clothing, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, small appliances and other household items.
Tracy Interfaith helps out needy people in Tracy. Donated goods can be delivered to 311 W. Grant Line Road between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Volunteers are also needed to help sport, pack and deliver Christmas baskets to the needy Dec. 21 through 23.
For information: 836-5424.
New TAAA officers
The Tracy African American Association will have a ceremony to announce its new officers for January 2010 through December 2011, including vice president Fred Cole and recording secretary Margie Forehand.
The ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 9 at the North School multipurpose room, 2875 Holly Drive.
For information: 249-6644.
Goodwill has opened a donation center at the West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, and is in need of donations before Dec. 31.
For information: www.goodwill-sjv.org.
Questions sought for candidates
Organizers of a political forum for congressional candidates, hosted by the South San Joaquin Republicans, are asking attendees to submit questions that might be posed.
The forum will take place Jan. 11 at Crossroads Grace Community Church, 1505 Moffat Blvd.
Five candidates for are expected to take part in the forum, and a big crowd is expected. Questions can be submitted via e-mail at email@example.com or by calling Frank Aquila, 825-0123.