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November 2017


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By Rajvee Patel

We all have something to be thankful for. Whether it’s our family or religion, food or clothes, or maybe even everything! Whatever we may be grateful for, many of us express this gratitude on Thanksgiving. We all have something to be thankful for. Whether it’s our family or religion, food or clothes, or maybe even everything! Whatever we may be grateful for, many of us express this gratitude on Thanksgiving. For some, we like to show our appreciation everyday, but it is on this specific day that some of us reveal our thanks the most. A few months ago, my family and I moved. I was so excited to finally start high school, meet my new teachers, and make friends here in Mountain House. I had all my four years at MHHS planned out and when I found out that we were moving, I was inconsolable. At first, it was hard to leave my beautiful home, friends, and opportunities behind. Having a great amount of exposure to a new environment was a big change, but then I realized that in reality, I wasn’t leaving anything behind at all. I was thankful to everyone in Mountain House that had made my 2 years there amazing! Sometimes at school, I would feel bummed out because of certain actions or events that had happened. But it was during those times that I had my teachers and friends there to support me. When I had found my love for writing and I wanted to express it in some way, I discovered Mountain House Matters. I can definitely say that I am thankful


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to have had the chance to write for this newspaper and I am also grateful to be able to continue to write for it. There are so many other things in my life that I am appreciative of too. Recently, I was thinking about how in just 4 years, I will be going to college. I was thinking about how I might need to live in a dorm, away from my family for a while. Regardless of what college I’m going to be attending, I know that I would miss my family a lot. During this thought, I understood how thankful I am to have a wonderful family. They are always there for me, no matter what. They understand me so well and whenever I’m left feeling down, they find a way to bring me back up again. They tell me to keep on going and to never give up. Thanks to their support, I am who I am today. Although sometimes it may seem as if life is throwing a bunch of boulders our way or it may seem as if we have nothing good left with us, we need to remember what we are thankful for. We need to remind ourselves how lucky we are to be up and living. We need to keep in mind all the good life has given us too. It’s always important to remember that in the end, there is always going to be a rainbow waiting for you. All you have to do is take the time, thanks and effort to get there.

need came from several local charitable organizations. Tracy Interfaith Ministries provided a majority of family recipients. McHenry House Tracy Family Shelter, Chest of Hope, Steps of Tracy, and Haven of Peace, in French Camp, also provided recipients. And, there were also a few families in Mountain House going through some tough times that the Brigade was able to help out. The outpouring of support from the people of Mountain House was tremendous. For this writer, personally, I can say that, as the 2017-’18 President of the Rotary Club of Mountain House, I am completely grateful and so proud of all our friends and neighbors who helped make this happen. The response from so many of the recipients validates the rich value this project provides, on so many levels. After the baskets were made, numerous volunteer drivers delivered them directly to the homes of the designated recipients. “All delivered,” reported Monica Collins. She and husband, Bob, delivered several baskets.

“One of the families was so grateful,” Monica said. “The parents did not speak much English but the smiles & ‘thank yous’ were very heartfelt. It was the 2 kids’ reaction that touched us,” she went on to explain. “The teenage girl was so genuinely surprised at all that was in the basket. She shyly gave me such a hearty hug, as she kept thanking us. The younger boy’s big smile and ‘WOW!’ said it all. As we left they thanked us again & wished us a wonderful Thanksgiving! “Now that’s what Thanksgiving is all about!”

Holly Jolly Christmas to Benefit MHHS Speech and Debate Club Submitted by Vanitha Daniel

Please come and join us with your family and friends for an evening of Christmas celebration Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 6-9pm at Questa School MPR. Programs include : - Christmas nativity musical by Smartling Learning Center kids - Christmas Carols by SLC kids and Adults Choir - Christmas Dance Performances by kids from Kathy Gupta- Rainbow Kids Montessori , Sushma Rai - Little Champs Preschool &Extended Care, KidzCorner Preschool & Daycare, Shwetha GhanateSunshine Shwetha Daycare & Preschool, Smartling Learning Center - SLC Kids Orchestra - Visit from Santa and More !!!!

Profits will benefit MHHS Speech and Debate Club and One Million Lights.

4th Annual Holiday Photo with Santa AND MORE! elWe will have a bunch of little ves running

around WHERE: 585 Wicklund Crossing Way, Mountain House 95391 serving you!!! all day WHEN: Saturday 12/09/17 We've added a couple more awesome events for you: TIME: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EVENT DETAILS: You get to bring you, ALL of your family and pet if you choose. You will be able to have your photos taken in front of the MOST AMAZING CANDY STORE BACKDROP, then head over to have your kids sits with SANTA in front of another AWESOME backdrop and ready for this???

1) Paul Gallegos and Annie Gallegos have decided that they will offer ALL of our children an ACTIVITY station where the kids can enjoy crafts! 2) While your kids are CRAFTING, the parents can sneak off to Dr. Joseph Russell office next door and get a FREE chair massage while the other is on the water massage table and the rolling ball table too!!!!!!!!! OMG again! 3) Ryan Baker and Lorena Baker have been so gracious to allow FREE sleigh rides for ALL of the kids around the shopping center in a reindeer vehicle, with x-mas lights and yes, Christmas music playing the WHOLE TIME! OMG. 4) Dr. Joseph Russell Valley Chiropractic at Mountain House and all his staff will be hosting a HOT CHOCOLATE BAR along with a COFFEE BAR and TONS of CANDY. MORE TO COME FROM THEIR TEAM.

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