Christmas Eve performances tonight
St. John's Episcopal and Bear Creek Community churches will have special Christmas Eve performances tonight.
At its service at 5:30 p.m., St. John's will have a "painless pageant" where children dressed as angels, shepherds, animals, Mary and Joseph will form a tableau as the story of Jesus' birth is told. It's called a painless pageant because there are no rehearsals or lines to memorize.
St. John's will also have a Festal Choral Eucharistic service at 11 p.m., preceded by music at 10:30. The church is at 1055 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi.
At Bear Creek, Worship Pastor Jebby Moates will lead "Christmas Through the Ages," where music from the Dickens era to the present will be featured, at 7 and 10 p.m. today. It will include "A Charlie Brown Christmas." The church is at 11171 N. Lower Sacramento Road near Eight Mile Road.
Christmas Eve services are also planned throughout the Lodi-Galt area.
H1N1 vaccines available beginning Jan. 4
Anyone who wants an H1N1 vaccine, whether one has risk factors or not, can get vaccinated beginning Jan. 4, according to San Joaquin County Public Health Services.
H1N1 vaccines at county clinics had been available only to certain groups, including children, young adults and seniors. Vaccines are available at the Lodi Health Center, 300 W. Oak St., from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, and from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. on Fridays. They're also available elsewhere in San Joaquin County. Seasonal influenza vaccines are also available.
For questions about the vaccine, call 468-3862. For medical questions, call 468-3822.
9 Calaveras students arrested over drugs
Calaveras County authorities have arrested nine middle school students as part of an investigation into the distribution of painkillers on campus.
Calaveras schools superintendent Mark Campbell says the arrests were made late last week at Toyon Middle School in Valley Springs after students were found with Vicodin pills.
Six students were arrested on suspicion of selling drugs, while three others were cited on suspicion of drug possession and released to their parents.
Campbell says none of the students suffered symptoms that required hospitalization.
The school district is working with the sheriff's department to determine the source of the painkillers.
The students, ranging from 12 to 14, face school punishment ranging from suspension to expulsion.
— Associated Press