“If a book is well written, I always find it too short.”
FREE concert for the community…
“Glory of Christmas – sing the Glory!” – Christmas Cantata, December 11, 2022, 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm, at the Ukiah Seventh Day Adventist Church (1390 Laurel Ave., Ukiah).
31. This Christmas Carol is a spectacular musical and dramatic portrayal of the Christmas story under the direction of Margie Salcedo Rice.
With new and popular Christmas music, Shepherds leading animals, Wise Kings bringing gifts to the Savior, singing lullabies to baby Jesus, children dressed in colorful costumes from Bible times singing joy and peace on earth. Sanctuary Choir. Witness the colorful finale as all participants join in singing about the Glory of Christmas, accompanied by a live Symphony Orchestra. The concert will be streamed live on ukiahsda.com for your convenience.
Masks are recommended but not required. If you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, the church asks you to stay home and watch the live broadcast.
Get your FREE tickets early at Mendocino Book Co., Rod’s Shoes or by calling the Ukiah SDA Church at (707) 462-5455. A suggested bid of $10.00 per card will be collected to help defray expenses.
Veterans Christmas Dinner…
The annual dinner is back!
After the last two years of the Covid lockdown, the Ukiah American Legion Post 76 along with the Ukiah Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1900 and the Ukiah Senior Center are partnering again this year to sponsor the annual “sit at home”.
Veterans Christmas Dinner Saturday, December 17th, 4-6pm at the Ukiah Senior Center, 395 Leslie St., Ukiah. This dinner celebrates and honors veterans during the holiday season.
The dinner is free for veterans, and there is a minimum charge of $7 per person for spouses and other guests. It’s a traditional Christmas dinner with all the fixings. There will be Christmas music and a raffle throughout the meal.
Seats are limited! Reservations required! Tickets can be purchased at the Senior Center or for reservations call: (707) 391-2538 or (707) 291-3520.
A Christmas Carol…
First Presbyterian Church-Ukiah’s 14th Community Music Gathering Sunday, December 18, 5:30 p.m. This free, family-friendly event is the annual celebration of the season. You are invited to come sing popular Christmas carols and stay for cookies and mulled cider afterward. Rev. Les Boek he’s one of the soloists (his rendition of “Mary, Did You Know” will bless your heart); “Euphs4Him” will be played by a wonderful small euphonium group; The talented Lori Schafer is part of the backing band and Les Pfutzenreuter will lead a small choir in some unusual Christmas songs. Denise Beckler is emceeing the event. For more information visit: www.FPCUkiah.org The church phone number is: (707) 468-9235
A wonderful “jewel” in our midst is the Mendocino Ballet. The company’s annual performances of the popular ballet “The Nutcracker” are always a wonderful event, the weekend of December 16-18 at Mendocino College. This wonderful production is not too long, has popular music and always has beautiful costumes. The children in the production make the show more accessible to children as well. Ballet office 205 So. State St., Ukiah and the phone is (707) 463-2290. Tickets: https://www.mendocinoballet.org/performance-tickets
Home repair help for seniors…
Written by Chad Birt, October 2022, he researched seven organizations that offer support. https://www.carewell.com/resources/blog/7-organizations-that-offer-home-repair-help-for-seniors
“A November 2021 AARP survey found that 77 percent of people over 50 want to stay at home long-term. While it’s understandable that many Americans want to age in place, mobility issues and/or underlying health issues make it difficult to implement necessary changes or home improvements they can
“If you’re on a tight budget or not very handy, you may think your only options are to downsize or move to an assisted living community. Fortunately, that’s far from the case.
“There are several organizations that offer help to the elderly to repair their homes.
1) Weather Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was developed by the US Department of Energy to help low-income Americans increase the energy efficiency of their homes by providing grants for weatherization services.
Considering that low-income households spend 13.9% of their annual income on energy, compared to 3% for other households, if you’re on a budget, applying for this program makes a lot of sense.
With a WAP grant, you can upgrade your home’s insulation, seal windows and doors, inspect and upgrade weather stripping, and purchase a programmable thermostat. These upgrades will help you save on your monthly energy bill, making your home safer and more comfortable.
2) Rebuilding together
Rebuilding Together is a non-profit community revitalization organization. Founded in 1973 in Midland, Texas, it now has dozens of local affiliates and hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country who help repair homes and revitalize communities.
Rebuilding Together focuses primarily on helping homeowners rebuild after natural disasters, but also works with individual homeowners to make essential repairs that allow them to stay in their homes.
3) US Department of Agriculture – Home repairs and subsidies
If you have a fixed income, you may be eligible for a loan or grant from the US Department of Agriculture. The USDA’s Section 504 Home Repair program covers the cost of home improvements and repairs that eliminate health or safety hazards.
To qualify for this loan program, you must: own and occupy the property being renovated; Could not pay off the loan elsewhere; Having a household income that does not exceed the limit set by the county
4) Human habitat
Habitat for Humanity is best known for its disaster recovery efforts, but it also offers an Aging in Place program designed to help older adults stay in the residence of their choice.
The first step is to contact your local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. These affiliates partner with human service organizations to assess the needs of each applicant. First, a representative visits your home and reviews your living environment. Then they make the necessary repairs and modifications so you can age in place.
If you’re still a bit mobile but worried for a moment that you might not be, take some time to browse Housemods.org. The website, provided by the University of Southern California’s Center of Excellence in Fall Prevention, contains a library of resources for home transitions.
The Consumer Awareness section is particularly helpful, highlighting several resources: rural older adults; Low-income adults; Older veterans; Aging adults with disabilities.
Making your home safer and more suited to your needs doesn’t have to cost a fortune. No matter your remodeling needs, you’re sure to find something helpful at Housemods.
6) Local volunteer home repair programs
If you live in a rural area outside of a big city, it can be difficult to find home repair help, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
Many small metropolitan areas have volunteer organizations, such as the Portland, Oregon-based Community Builder’s Program.
These groups provide seniors with free home maintenance, as well as improving safety and accessibility. Pro tip: Find a volunteer home repair program near you by Googling “free volunteer home repair programs near me.”