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'Love Ceres' on tap this Saturday
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Ceres is gearing up for the second "Love Ceres" community service event of the year this Saturday.

Volunteers who wish to make Ceres a better place to work, live and play will be immersing themselves in 11 different projects throughout Ceres.

The event begins with a gathering at the Ceres Community Center at 9 a.m. After welcoming introductions and a brief pep rally, the volunteers will be released to meet with their respective project leaders and get their assignments.

Projects include a free car wash for seniors, free meals to those in need in the community, hosting a mentor children training workshop, hosting a parenting workshop, providing haircuts for children, cleaning up Ceres parks and neighborhoods, visiting elderly residents of a convalescent home, assisting with work at the Ceres Library, praying for the community, and providing home and yard maintenance. Some volunteers will assist with a Kid's Play Day at the Redwood Family Center at the former Memorial Hospital Ceres.

Some projects are kid friendly and family-oriented, while others are geared to adults only.

"This is the fourth time around for us so it's easier because now we know what we are doing," said event organizer Becki Barton Nicholes.

All projects conclude at 12:30 p.m.

Everyone is encouraged to visit and sign-up for a project.

Senior citizens are being encouraged to come out and get their car washed for free at Village Chapel Church at 1825 Central Avenue.

Volunteers will provide a free meal to anyone at the the Serve a Meal Project at Whitmore Park located in downtown Ceres, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

This is the fourth "Love Ceres" event held since 2011.

On April 28 approximately 450 persons volunteered to do good deeds for people they didn't know. The event was prompted by a Modesto church to offer hope and express loving deeds for the community. Many who turned out to work, however, were not affiliated with any church.

Mark Whitehead, pastor of Victory Assembly of God, said of the event: "We get to be a blessing and we get blessed. And one of the coolest things are the connections that are happening right here ... People get to know each other and our city becomes stronger."