A DUI/driver’s license checkpoint will be conducted by the sheriff’s department from 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 to 3 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 at an undisclosed Poway location.
Poinsettias for PoVa
Support the PoVa Therapeutic Riding Center by buying poinsettias for $15 each at Countryside Barn, 14051 Midland, in Old Poway Village. All of the purchase price goes to PoVa, which provides therapeutic horseback riding to children and adults with special needs. A gift tree for PoVa is also located in Countryside Barn. For details, visit PoVaTRC.org.
The community is invited to a Thanksgiving lunch with turkey and pumpkin pie Wednesday, Nov. 27 at the North County Inland Center at Temple Adat Shalom, 15905 Pomerado Road, Poway. The festivities start at 11 a.m. with Mark Carlson telling “Famous American Tall Tales.” Lunch is at noon. Cost is $7. Make reservations by Monday, Nov. 25 by calling 858-674-1123.
Library book sale
Stock up on your winter reading at the Friends of the Poway Library book sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 in the library meeting room, 13137 Poway Road. Friends members pre-sale starts at 10 a.m. For details, call 858-513-2862 or visit www.powayfriends.org.
Newman’s Sports Bar & Grill, on the hill at 12440 Poway Road, hosts a special fundraiser noon to close Saturday, Nov. 23 to raise funds to fight testicular cancer. Bob Butler’s One Man Band performs in the early evening followed by a DJ and karaoke 8 p.m. to closing. For details, call 858-748-3484.
PHS alumni basketball
Poway High grads who played at least on full season of boys basketball are eligible to play in the alumni basketball game at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 in the school gym. No age limit. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-243-6210. Spectator admission is $5 for adults and high school students; seniors and middle school and elementary students, $3; and free for those 5 and under.
Maderas blood drive
The San Diego Blood Bank bloodmobile will be at Maderas Golf Club, 17750 Old Coach Drive, Poway, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25. All donors receive a voucher for a Chargers Blood Drive T-shirt that can be redeemed Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Chargers Blood Drive at the Town & Country Convention Center in Mission Valley. To make an appointment, call 1-800-4MY-SDBB. For donor requirements, visit www.sandiegobloodbank.org.
Kids ‘Hoop Shoot’
Kids 6 to 13 can shoot free throws to compete for a trophy or participation ribbon at the Poway Elks annual “Hoop Shoot” 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Poway Boys & Girls Club, 12988 Bowron Road. Bring proof of age to participate. For details, visit www.elks.org/hoopshoot/.
Holiday mixer is Dec. 5
The annual Poway Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party and Silent Auction will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the StoneRidge Country Club. The winner of the $1,100 rollover jackpot will be announced.
Cost is $10 for members who RSVP ahead of time, $20 at the door. Non-members attending their first event will be admitted free.
Boardwalk Craft Market
Find that perfect gift or something for yourself at the Boardwalk Craft Market 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday until Christmas in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road. Other park activities include the farmers market 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, train rides and museums most weekends. For details, call 858-486-3497 or visit poway.org/oldpowaypark.
PHS alumni meeting
A meeting of the Poway High School Alumni Association is 6:15 to 8 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month in the alumi museum on campus. For details, visit powayfoundation.org/alumni.
Want to serve?
Are you looking for a chance to serve the local military community? Consider joining the Miramar Semper Fidelis Rotary Club, which meets at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday at the MCAS Miramar “O” Club. For more information, call Earnie Giles at 858-676-1064.
Leftover paint from household and commercial use can be recycled at two Poway locations: Dunn-Edwards, 12344 Poway Road and Sherwin-Williams, 13355 Midland Road. This recycling program was established by state law requiring paint manufacturers to develop a recycling program for leftover paint.
For more details and locations, visit www.paintcare.org.
Poway residents with limited resources can get low-cost counseling at Palomar Family Counseling Service during Forward on Friday. Services include screening and assessment for individuals, couples and families, plus play therapy, family sessions and urgent review session. Also available in Spanish. For more information, call Ellen Drysdale at 858-748-3610.
Donate baby clothes
Gently Hugged, a nonprofit organization, is collecting gently used and new baby clothing, from newborn to 1 year, to distribute to military, low-income and immigrant families. Collection bins are located at Mt. Olive Lutheran Preschool, 14280 Poway Road, Poway and Roots Hair Salon, 11671 Duenda Road, Rancho Bernardo. For more details and other bin locations, visit www.gentlyhugged.org.
Help at school
Local elementary schools are seeking senior volunteers to come to school an hour a week to help a child with reading. No special background is needed. Pick your day, time, and school. Contact email@example.com or 858-485-5449 for details.
Acupuncture for vets
A free acupuncture clinic for veterans is 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday at Heart of Healing Acupuncture, 13514 Pomerado Road, Suite F, Poway. For details, call 858-699-3015 or visit www.heartofhealingacupuncture.com.
Pomerado Hospital needs your used magazines for its waiting rooms and patient magazine cart. News magazine should be up to a month old and monthly magazines up to 3 months old. Bring the magazines to the hospital’s front desk. For more details, call 858-613-4659.
Palomar Health is looking for volunteers for its medical facilities. Positions include those with and without patient contact, various locations and duties, and flexible hours.
Call 858-613-4659 or go to www.pph.org/volunteer for details.
Apply for Head Start
Head Start is accepting applications for its federally funded free preschool program. The program offers nutritious meals, educational activities and kindergarten readiness skills. It serves over 198 families living in the Poway Unified School District. Foster children and children with special needs are also served by the program.
For more information, call 858-672-0738 or 858-391-0216.
Help with harvesting
The Backyard Produce Project is seeking volunteers to harvest residential fruit trees. It is an enjoyable outdoor group activity. Participate at your convenience. All fruit is donated to local families in need. Contact Jane Radatz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-485-5449.
Explore ancient village
Explore an ancient village in the middle of Poway at the Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center, 13104 Ipai Waaypuk Trail, off Poway Road across from Silver Lake Drive. The center is open 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday. For more details, call 858-668-1292 or visit poway.org/kiic.
Shop ‘n’ Adopt
Escondido Humane Society is discounting the fees of animals adopted on Wednesdays only if the adopter brings in items from the group’s wish list. The fee reduction will be double the gift price, so bring a receipt. Items can also be purchased online via EHS’ Amazon wish list.
To see the list, go to www.escondidohumanesociety.org/ehs_028.htm. For questions, call 760-888-2242.