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Free Resources, Information, Refreshments and Raffles

Dixon Senior Resource Fair Will Be Filled With

Free Resources, Information, Refreshments and Raffles


The 13th annual Dixon Senior Resource Fair, sponsored by the Advocates for Dixon Seniors, is sure to be a success with a long list of vendors on board.  The free event is scheduled for Saturday, October 18 from 10AM – 1PM at the Dixon Senior Multi-Use Center, 201 South 5th Street, Dixon, CA 95620.


To date, the following will provide free information, health checks, hearing checks and freebies to attendees:  Advanced Instruments, Apex Care, Atria Covell Gardens, Comfort Keepers, Courtside Cottages, Curves Dixon, Lawyer David Knight, Dixon Family Medical, Dixon Family Services, Dixon Public Library, Dixon Redi-Ride, Dixon Senior Club, Dixon Senior/Multi-use Center, Emeritus, Congressman John Garamendi, Solano County Supervisor John Vasquez, Assembly member Mariko Yamada, North Bay Alzheimer Services, Solano Lifehouse, Yolo Hospice , Your Home Nursing Services, Professional Healthcare, and VFW post 8151.


There is still space available, but it is limited, so businesses and agencies that are relevant to Dixon’s seniors are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.  The deadline is August 29, but if the capacity limit is reached before that date, all late responders will not be able to participate this year.


Delicious refreshments are provided by each of the fair’s vendors, to be enjoyed by everyone.  Many also provide free raffles to enter.  The City of Dixon graciously donates the use of the Multi-use center and provides posters and set-up for the fair each year.


In years past, the Advocates have taken some time during the Senior Fair to honor some of Dixon’s Outstanding Seniors.  The public is invited to nominate a special senior they know and respect in the form of an essay of no more than 500 words.  Nomination essays should include the senior’s special activities, past and present, contributions to the Community of Dixon, and any other interesting information you would like to share about your nominee.

Include your name, phone number and relationship to nominee as well as the nominee’s name and phone number.  All entries must be received by August 29.  No late entries will be considered, so please write and submit your essays on or before the deadline.  Nominations can be submitted via email, fax, US mail, or dropped off at Dixon Family Services.

The Advocates encourage everyone to think about a senior relative, friend, or neighbor that could benefit from the day of information, fun, food, and entertainment and invite them to join you at the Senior Multi-Use Center on Saturday, October 18.  It is an excellent opportunity for seniors and caregivers to learn about local resources and to socialize.


 For more information about the Senior Resource Fair, call Cookie or Rich at 678-0442.





Cookie Powell


Dixon Family Services’ Summer Fundraising Event, Comedy Night 2014, is all set for Saturday, July 26 at Denverton Hall 5:30 – 10PM.  Last July our event was a smashing hit with everyone who attended.  This year is expected to be even bigger and better!  Don’t regret missing the funniest night in Dixon.  Get your tickets early before we sell out.


This year Dixon Family Services is celebrating 30 years as the community-based, one-stop-shop of social services for Dixon’s residents who are in need of a myriad of assistance programs.  The Comedy Night event is an opportunity for all community members to come out and support the organization, while having a great time.


The evening includes a delicious tri-tip dinner provided by Recology, no-host bar provided by Dixon Rotary and a community-supported bake sale and auction.  There will also be lots of raffle and auction prizes to win.  All this and a night filled with laughter are guaranteed to an event to remember.


Michael Mancini, AKA “The World’s Funniest Cop” and Kellen Erskine, who performs all over the country including Las Vegas and Disneyland, are two well-known comedians who will have everyone in stitches.  Master of Ceremonies Charlie B. Early, is a professional comic as well, so the entire evening is guaranteed to be a barrel of laughs.


The evening begins at 5:30 with a no-host bar provided by Dixon Rotary’s Bartenders Association and a chance to see a large array of raffle prizes, mingle and socialize.  Then a tri-tip dinner, courtesy of Recology, will be served from 6:30-7:30.  For dessert, homemade decadent desserts will be available in the Bake Sale and Auction.


A brief presentation will honor Dixon Family Services supporters, volunteers, and other partners.  Reasons that the 30 year old organization is vital to the community will be highlighted.

Then, at 8 “The Show” begins and heavy laughter is predicted.


Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.  Tickets are available to purchase at Dixon Family Services at 155 North Second Street, The Dixon Tribune at 145 East A Street, The Dixon Family Services Thrift Store at 1150 North First Street and Dixon Florist and Gifts at 150 East A Street.


Everyone is encouraged to get tickets early because there is a maximum capacity and tickets are selling fast.  The DFS Board of Directors assures that this is one event you won’t want to miss.   If you know a DFS board member, you can purchase a ticket from them as well.


More support is needed by way of sponsorships, donations and raffle prizes.  For further information contact Cookie at DFS, 678-0442.  You can also talk to any DFS Board Member.  Each of them is very involved and invested in making Comedy Night 2014 a huge success.


Board members include Sarah Villec, Jeanie Vanetti, Cathy Alcocer, Jon Cox, Kay Cayler, Ron Mulligan and Matt Swanson.  For a complete list of Board Committee Chairs, DFS staff members as well as all the programs and services we offer, please visit our website, www.dixonfamilyservices.org.


30 Year Anniversary

Press release from Cookie Powell, 678-0442, cookie@dixonfamilyservices.org


This week a large group of people gathered at Dixon Family Services to celebrate and commemorate the non-profit’s first 30 years.  A ceremony on the front lawn began with a speech by the Executive Director, Cookie Powell.  Powell thanked and acknowledged the many partners who assist the social services agency in providing coordinated supportive services for people in need.  She said that relationships with the Dixon Police, DUSD Schools, local churches, Cal Works, Section 8 Housing, WIC Program (Women, Infants & Children), Child Welfare, and all other service providers in Solano County is one reason DFS has managed to be successful for 30 years.  Another justification she gave for client successes are the qualified and dedicated staff who are all willing to go the extra mile to do whatever is needed to help clients reach their goals.  Others directly involved, such as DFS Board of Directors members, college students in the DFS Internship Program and wonderful community volunteers were also recognized as reasons that Dixon Family Services has been going strong in the community for 30 years.

Financial backers such as First 5 Solano, Solano County Health & Social Services, the Board of Supervisors, Kaiser Permanente, Genentech, Gymboree, Dixon Rotary, Dixon Kiwanis and Recology were mentioned as back-bone supporters and she said that all donors, large or small help keep the organization going.

Powell went on to explain why Dixon Family Services is so important.  “Two words,” she said, “Community Based.  You all have sent people to us and so have many others who are not here today.  We all know someone or have been that someone who is worried about how to provide housing, food, utilities for their families.  Some come to us because they want to become good parents, or better parents.  Some seek our help because they are afraid that alcohol or drugs is destroying their lives.”

In summing up DFS’s importance Powell said that being local and being accessible are key to why so many families in need come there first.  “People who are helped tell others that they were helped respectfully and that is our best advertisement.  Twitter and Facebook are not that busy in this little community, but word-of-mouth is still big.”

Then Powell’s third and final point of her presentation asked the question how we ensure that DFS’s doors continue to stay open for 30 more years.

“I realized early on that even though personally I am very independent, in this job I cannot do it alone.  I am not ashamed to ask for help because I am asking on behalf of people less fortunate than all of us here today.”

Powell asked the crowd if they could answer “Yes” to any of a list of questions.

Can you designate DFS as a recipient of a regular payroll contribution?

Can you arrange for me to speak to your co-workers to ask them for their support?

Can you write a grant or tell me about charitable giving or grants that the company you work for may offer?

Can you write a check today?

Can you figure out how much you can afford to contribute yearly and start sending monthly checks?

Can you work on a DFS fund raising activity or event?

Can you purchase tickets for Comedy Night?

Can you donate a raffle or auction prize?

Can you donate gently-used items to the Dixon Family Services Thrift Store?

Can you volunteer at the thrift store?

Can you donate items to DFS that are needed on a daily basis such as computers, copy paper, even toilet paper to help keep operating expenses down?

Who else do you know that would answer yes to any of these questions?


After Powell, there was a procession of people who came to the podium to share their positive experiences with Dixon Family Services, whether they were from an entity that refers people, past or present staff members, past or present board members, past or present volunteers, representatives of funding sources and representatives of elected officials.  Speakers included Ben Romero, Maggie Kittyle, Megan Richards and Venis Boyd-Jones of First 5 Solano, Police Chief Jon Cox, Mayor Jack Batchelor, Clinical Director Gloria Flores, WIC Program’s Norma Jacobsen and board member Kay Cayler.

Framed resolutions and commendations were awarded by DUSD School Board member, Caitlin O’Halloran on behalf of Senator Lois Wolk, Rahil Ghiasvand from the office of Congressman John Garamendi, Don Lowrie representing Assembly member Mariko Yamada, and Peggy Nelson representing Solano County Supervisor John Vasquez.

The outside ceremony was closed and everyone came inside to enjoy lunchtime refreshments, visiting and touring the inner offices for another hour or so.  Being on a hot business day, organizers were pleased with the turnout and the overall feeling was that Dixon Family Services was very deserving of recognition.