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Comedy Night is Saturday, July 22 5PM

Comedy Night is Saturday, July 22 5PM

The Olde Vet’s Hall, 231 N 1st Street, Dixon

This “Fun Raising” event is an opportunity for people to come out, get together, eat delicious food, be entertained by professional comedians and all the while provide support for Dixon Family Services.  All proceeds will go towards services the agency provides to people in need right here in our community.

Dixon’s one-stop-shop of social services has been in the business of helping people when they need it most since 1984.  Hundreds of people each year achieve goals such as employment, financial stability, sobriety, emotional wellness, improved nutrition, positive parenting and family cohesiveness.

This year’s headline act is Stephen B, a stand-up comedian with more than 34 years of experience performing in comedy clubs, for corporate clients, and churches nationwide. He’s opened up for Julio Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Weird Al and a host of other musical acts over the years.  Stephen has had supporting roles in three movies and has been seen on Comedy Central.  He’s performed at Spirit West Coast and on KLOVE Cruises.

Stephen B has been at Comedy Night several times throughout the years and he has kept the Dixon audience in “heavy belly laugh stitches” throughout his performances.

Opening act Nick Larson has a little something for everyone.  With a mix of material around kids, relationships, and his take on single life – he has been told a time, or two, that he’s “relatable”.

Nick is new to Comedy Night but by watching his videos we are confident he’ll be a big hit!  It was a special treat and surprise when we realized Nick has family ties in Dixon.  A little birdie (ok, it was Vicki at the Print Shop) told me he is the son of Charlie Larson and nephew of Cary Larson who owns The Print Shop.

So I asked Nick some questions.  Born and raised in Stockton, he did spend some time in Dixon during his youth.  He lived in Dixon for six months when he was thirteen and in the 8th grade.  He fondly remembers the small town vibes and how nice it was to walk to friends’ houses.  “I’d never let my kids walk around like that, in Stockton.”

Nick said he appreciated the no hustle – and – bustle usually found in bigger cities. “People are friendlier … probably because they all know each other. Ha.”

He could think of no negatives about living in small town Dixon, spent his spare time playing baseball and helped out at the Print Shop with his Uncle Cary and late Aunt Cathy.  They all listened to Giants games on the radio while he watched his Uncle work the big printers.  He still can remember the smell of the ink.

Nick always knew he wanted to do comedy.  He enjoyed making friends laugh and remembers thinking, “I want to do this all the time.”

So I asked him if he was looking forward to performing at Comedy Night and would he make fun of Dixon and its people.  I shared that other comics have made fun of us and we like it.  He’s definitely looking forward to it and said he’ll see what he can do.  LOL.

As if all this top notch comedy wasn’t enough, the evening starts with a delicious tri-tip dinner provided by Recology.  Bud’s will have their bar open for your thirst and raffle prizes are worthy.  You don’t want to miss the event, so call or go to one of the locations where you can purchase your tickets before they are all sold out.  Tickets are available at Dixon Florist and Gifts, The Dixon Tribune, Dixon Family Services and DFS Thrift Store.  You might even still be able to reserve an entire table for your group.

For more information: 707 678-0442 or Cookie@dixonfamilyservices.org

          

Comedy Night July 22, 2017

 
Dixon Family Services Announces Talented Comedians for July 22 Comedy Night
5 PM at the Olde Vet’s Hall 231 North First Street


              
DFS Comedy Night 2017 Headliner Stephen B            Opening Act Nick Larson
“Stephen B is a High Energy Good Time Fun Comedian”    
Stephen B is a stand-up comedian with more than 34 years of experience performing in comedy clubs, corporate clients, and churches nationwide. He’s opened up for Julio Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Weird Al and a host of other headlining musical acts over the years. Stephen has had supporting roles in three movies and has been seen on Comedy Central. He’s performed at Spirit West Coast and on KLOVE Cruise
“Nick Larson is a family man, with a fiancé and 2 beautiful children” Unfortunately, for that family, Nick mines them for comedy gold, turning real events into jokes that will have you crying with laughter. With a mix of material around kids, relationships, and his take on single life – delivered with an animated tone – Nick has a little something for everyone. After-all, he has been told a time, or two, that he’s “relatable”.  
You can purchase tickets at Dixon Family Services, Dixon Tribune, DFS Thrift Store, 678-0442, cookie@dixonfamilyservices.org  
Tickets are a $50 donation in advance and dinner is included   
$500 to reserve a table for 10   
Sponsors- get in touch soon so we can get you/your logos on our posters and in press releases

A Wagon of Cereal

A Wagon of Cereal

One day last week the most adorable young brothers, Cash and Brock Alarcon, showed up at Dixon Family Services.  They pulled a wagon filled with boxes of cereal to donate to our food pantry so that other children in Dixon could have cereal.

The story is that Brock and his family decided that at his first birthday party boxes of cereal would be requested by guests instead of gifts.   Mom Karissa explained that since the boys were close in age that all the things Brock needed or wanted were supplied from Brother Cash, 3.5 years old.   She went on to say that everything he (Cash) went through was gently used and passed down to Brock.

So it made perfect sense to the entire family to use Brock’s first birthday as an opportunity to do a selfless and generous deed.  So that’s how these two boys ended up at DFS with a wagon load of cereal.

The staff members who were at Dixon Family Services that morning were all so impressed with the gesture of giving by the family.  The boys were so cute!  We offered to help transfer the cereal from their wagon to one of our pantry carts but they really wanted to do it themselves so we all just watched in awe with lots of smiles and praises.

Later on that day I received a lovely email message from Brock’s mom.  She said,

“We are so thankful for all you do in the community to help families in need or who have fallen on hard times.  Often times we know your job can be thankless and so we want to make sure we extend our gratitude to you and your staff.  As parents, we are trying to teach our children to live life with kind hearts and be compassionate, grateful and giving.  So we are working on instilling those values early and we thank you for helping us with these life lessons!!  Sincerely, The Alarcon family”

So thank you very much to Brock and Cash Alarcon for such an outstanding plan to do something for others less fortunate.  Thank you also to Mom Karissa, Dad Derek and Grandma, Dawn too.

We at Dixon Family Services hope this act of kindness may spark ideas in other households as well.  There are many ways that people can make a difference in people’s lives and they do not require a social work degree.

Hines Gowers Does it Again!

You may remember last fall we had a big landscape make over.  We took out the bumpy, drying lawn and replaced it with drought-friendly plants, trees and mulch.

It might not have been the optimal time of year for planting but the project took a bit longer than expected and so the plants were finally put into the ground on a rainy day in December.

Thankfully most of them took root and this spring provided such beautiful colorful blooms.  But alas, some plants did not survive and left several areas looking a bit sad.

As you may also remember the entire project was done with very little expense.  Generous community volunteers did the bulk of the work, CA Water donated the two dogwood trees, Dixon Landscape provided the mulch and Hines Growers in Winters supplied dozens of drought-tolerant plants.

In looking at the empty spots we made a list of replacement plants we would need to “fill in”.  Before heading to a nursery to buy them, I thought I’d mention it to our friends at Hines and yet again the response was a wonderful generous “Tell us what you need!” 

Plants were delivered by Pat McGoveney and they are going in the ground soon.  Come by and check out how pretty our front yard looks next time you are in the neighborhood.  A big THANK YOU to everyone at Hines!

 

I just have to say that I see a lot of generosity working at Dixon Family Services, and it warms my heart each and every time.