Denair Lions and Gaslight Theater Host Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Submitted by Denair Lions Club

The Denair Lions Club and the Denair Gaslight Theater will be hosting the second annual Christmas tree lighting in front of the theater, on Gratton Road, this Saturday, December 2, beginning at 6:00 pm. Tell your friends and neighbors to bring the entire family as Santa Claus will be there to meet with the children and take pictures. There will be a Christmas movie following the ceremony for the family to enjoy inside the theater. The Denair Fire Department will be on hand collecting new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots this year. All toys collected will be distributed to children in Denair. Donations will always be gladly accepted and will benefit the restoration of the Gaslight Theater building. Hot chocolate, coffee and snacks will be available.

The official lighting will be at 6:30 pm sharp! Come early to enjoy the festivities and community fellowship.

Saul and Eleanore Casteneda to be this Year’s Beneficiary of Denair Lions Pancake Breakfast

Submitted by Denair Lions Club

Every year, for over 40 years, the Denair Lions Club has held a pancake breakfast on the first Sunday in November.  The breakfast has become not only a great fundraiser, but annual social event for 400 to 600 supporters.  Every year, the club looks for a person or cause to donate the breakfast proceeds to.  In past years, it has paid for such things as new uniforms and equipment for the Denair Lions Youth Football league, updates and fixes to the Denair High School sport facilities and programs, and usually to local residents in need of financial aid for medical bills after or during a tragedy.  This year is no different.  On Sunday November 5, 2017, the Denair Community Center will open its doors at 7:00 am, for the Lions Annual Pancake Breakfast.  This year proceeds will be donated to Saul and Eleanore Casteneda.  Eleanore was diagnosed with acute lyphobalastic leukemia on March 8th. She began chemotherapy treatment the following day, due to the severity of the cancer.

Eleanore, who is 66 years old, is a caring and selfless caregiver to many.  She has devoted her life to taking care of those who needed support, when others couldn’t.  She worked for over 25 years as a non-emergency medical transport driver up until her mother began suffering from the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, 8 years ago.  In addition to taking care of her 90 year old mother, Aurelia Garcia, who is bedridden, Eleanore has been taking care of her brother-in-law for 25 years, who is battling mental issues.  According to her youngest daughter, Serena Mendoza, Eleanore would also take care of other family members such as her nieces and nephews during the summer, who were in need of a “boot camp”.  She lives with her husband Saul on a small ranchette, in Modesto, where they have various small animals, which makes it ideal to teach responsibility.  Eleanore had one of her nieces stay with her for 8 years during her troubled youth, helping her to get back on the right path. Continue reading “Saul and Eleanore Casteneda to be this Year’s Beneficiary of Denair Lions Pancake Breakfast” »

Denair Lions Give Bikes to Kids

Submitted by Denair Lions Club

A Denair Lions member anonymously sent a letter to their own club, stating that they believe every kid should own a bike. And the Lions Club did what they do best and now 28 bikes, with helmets, will be handed out to kids who haven’t had the opportunity most kids have – to own their own bike. Giving back to the community, that’s what Denair Lions does best!

Denair Lion Easter Egg Hunt

Submitted by Denair Lions Club
It’s time for the Denair Lions Club Annual Easter Egg Hunt! This tradition has been put on by the Lions for over 25 years. Almost 3000 eggs are boiled, colored then hidden in the grassy fields of Denair Elementary Charter Academy on Lester Road. The event is open to all children ages 10 and under and is free. There are five designated egg hunting areas, divided by age. Parents may only aid their child in the two lower age groups. There are major prize eggs for each group, which are either gold or silver, and regular colored eggs that are marked for smaller prizes such as candy fruity’s. It take the Lions Club about ten hours to prepare for this event, but from start to finish, only about fifteen minutes for the kids to hunt and find all the eggs.  According to event chairman Lion Glenn Deorksen, “It is the funnest event that we do all year for the community.”  This event continues to grow not only in popularity but in the number of children who attend.  It is estimated between 350-400 kids will show up this year!  The event starts at 8:50 am this Saturday.  Don’t be late, and be sure to bring your baskets!