Flu shot clinic today
Beginning today, the county will offer its first flu shot clinics of the season in Lodi. They will be held every Friday from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at 300 W. Oak St.
People at high risk include infants from six to 23 months of age or those over age 65; pregnant women; caregivers of infants under six months; people with chronic illnesses such as heart disease; diabetes or asthma; and healthcare workers or caretakers who are in direct contact with high-risk people.
For more information on the flu or influenza vaccine, go to http://www.sjgov.org/oes/flu.htm, or call 469-8200 for recorded information.
Animal shelter holiday open house planned
The Lodi Animal Shelter is hosting a holiday open house Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours and refreshments will be available.
The city's shelter is located at 1345 W. Kettleman Lane.
ZooLights at Micke Grove this weekend
Micke Grove Zoo will be lit up beginning tonight for the 17th annual holiday event known as ZooLights.
Guests can also have their pictures taken with Santa, visit the petting zoo, participate in children's crafts and story time, and enjoy hot chocolate and popcorn.
Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for children. Those who bring a new or gently used coat will receive free admission.
The event runs tonight, Saturday and Sunday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the zoo, 11793 N. Micke Grove Road. For more information, call 331-2010.
SMUD proposes rate increase of 6 percent
Galt residents face a 6 percent increase on their electrical bills if the Sacramento Municipal Utility District board adopts a staff recommendation.
Under the proposal, the average monthly bill for a residential customer in Sacramento County who uses 750 kilowatt-hours per month would increase by $3.80 to $71.81. The rate increase would be SMUD's second in 15 years.
SMUD officials cite the major increase in natural gas prices as the reason to raise electrical rates.A series of workshops will be held in January and February, including one at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at Elk Grove City Hall, 8400 Laguna Palms Way. Other hearings will be held in Sacramento, Carmichael, Orangevale and Folsom.
A public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at the SMUD auditorium, 6201 S St., Sacramento.
Fatal accident victim identified
The pedestrian who was struck and killed Tuesday night on Highway 88 has been identified as Raymundo Ojeda, of Lockeford.
Ojeda, 69, was near Cotton Street when he allegedly walked into the path of a 1998 Saturn being driven by Stockton resident Patricia Henson, 56.
An autopsy revealed that Ojeda died of blunt injuries to the neck and torso, according to the San Joaquin County Coroner's Office.
U.S. Postal Service ready for biggest mailing day
The United States Postal Service is gearing up for Monday, expected to be the busiest mailing day of the year. Wednesday will be the biggest mail delivery day of the year, according to a press release.
Nationwide, the postal service expects to handle 280 million post-marked cards and letters, and millions of packages on Monday.
If you are sending something out of state, it should be mailed no later than Tuesday, while in-state should be sent by Wednesday. Priority Mail is also recommended.
Here are some other mailing tips:
• Call (800) ASK-USPS for local post office hours, rates, zip codes and general holiday mail information, or visit http://www.usps.com.
• For packaging, use boxes strong enough to protect the contents with no markings on the outside. Do not use boxes with alcohol, liquor or chemical markings on the outside.
• Cushion contents with newspaper, bubble wrap or Styrofoam, and pack tightly.
• Remove batteries from toys and place them inside the mailing box.
• Place your return address on a piece of paper inside the package.
• Do not use wrapping paper, string, masking or cellopane tape on the outside of the box. Instead seal it securely with nylon-reinforced or glass-reinforced packaging tape.