Local Digest

Services Scheduled for Saturday for TJ Owens

Gilroy – Funeral services for TJ Owens will be held at 11am Saturday at Bethany Community Church, 8095 Kelton Drive, in Gilroy. A reception will be held following the services at Gilroy’s Elks Lodge on 2765 Hecker Pass. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking the public to send checks made out to the TJ Owens Scholarship Fund at Gavilan College to 1501 Welburn Ave., Gilroy, 95020.

Details: 847-1927.

Rebekah’s Children’s Services hosts dinner

Gilroy – The local nonprofit Rebekah’s Children’s Services will be hosting an auction dinner at Bonfante Gardens’ Snowflake Plaza, 3050 Hecker Pass Highway 152, 6 to 10:30pm, Dec. 2, to benefit program clients.

The $75 traditional holiday dinner includes a stroll through the park to see holiday lights and bid during live and silent auctions. Guests should dress comfortably for a winter evening at the park. The plaza is a covered pavilion warmed by heat lamps.

Rides and other park attractions will not be operating that evening.

The child-welfare agency offers care for emotionally disturbed children ages 6 to 18 in Santa Clara County. Children with severe emotional, mental or behavioral problems receive care and mental health treatment through the agency’s residential program. For children at risk of removal from the home, the agency offers services that support the family. The agency also offers other programs for foster care and adoptions.

Details: 846-2142, www.rcskids.org.

Poll workers still needed

San Jose – Hundreds of workers are still needed to staff county polling places for the Nov. 8 special election. Anyone registered to vote in California can be an elections officer. The base pay, for working from 6am to 9:30pm and attending a three-hour training session, is $105. Those who are bilingual may be paid more. Santa Clara County Supervisors Liz Kniss and Don Gage have volunteered to work the polls.

“Volunteering is a great way for voters to serve their communities and get involved in the election process,” Gage said. “Voting is something we should never take for granted and we’ll need volunteers to ensure that the process goes smoothly.”

High school students who would like to learn more about the election process can participate in the Student Election Officer Program. To participate, students must be seniors at least 16 years old with at least a 2.5-grade-point average. They must also get permission from their school and parent or guardian. Students receive the same stipend as other workers.

Details: English: 299-POLL [7655], Spanish: 282-3095, Vietnamese: 282-3097, Chinese: 282-3086, Tagalog: 535-3916

Knights raise funds

Gilroy – The Gilroy chapter of the Knights of Columbus will conduct its annual fundraising drive, 9am to 3pm, Saturday, at Nob Hill Foods and the new Super Wal-Mart, 7150 Camino Arroyo in the Pacheco Pass Shopping Center, to benefit people with mental disabilities served by the local branch of Hope Rehabilitation.

The Knights of Columbus are urging citizens everywhere to support the event and will be handing out Tootsie Rolls.

Details: 848-2639.

Chamber fashion show

Gilroy – The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership program is coordinating a cocktails and dinner celebrity fashion show and raffle and live auction Nov. 12, at the San Juan Oaks Golf Club, Highway 156 at Union Road.

Premier fashions modeled by local celebrities and business leaders will be featured.

Tickets are $75 per person. Black tie optional.

Details: 842-6437.

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