Briefs: Little League taking signups
Corning Little League will hold signups from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday at West Street School cafeteria. Bring the player's birth certificate.
Donations needed for families
The Corning Volunteer Fire Department is accepting nonperishable foods and any new, unwrapped toys for distribution to families in the community.
These items will be used for the Christmas Basket program and can be dropped off at the Fire Department, at 814 5th St. Donations will be accepted through Thursday.
Benefit to help sick baby
Burger King in Corning will hold a benefit Friday for Rhylie Boles, who was born on Nov. 29 with a very rare birth defect called Omphalocele.
Burger King will donate 15 percent of all sales, from 5-9 p.m., to help cover Rhylie's medical expenses.
You must have a flyer. You can pick one up at the Corning Observer office, 1208 Solano St., or at Interland Business at 1122 Solano St.
Thursday deadline for contest
The Department of Fish and Game and International Sportsmen's Expositions have teamed up to offer a youth essay contest. Holders of a junior hunting license and are youth under 16 who have valid 2012 hunter education certificates are eligible.
To enter, contestants need to submit an essay of 500 words or less on what "Passing on the Tradition" means to them. Participants are encouraged to write about conservation, sportsmanship and ethics.
Essays will be reviewed and scored by the stars of National Geographic's Wild Justice TV show.
The winner will be notified by phone and must be present with his or her parents for the grand prize on Jan. 12 in Sacramento.
Mail entries to Lt. John Nores, PO Box 1, San Martin, CA 95046.
Entries must be received by Thursday.
CHP applications available
The California Highway Patrol will begin accepting applications for new officers in January, the first time in three years the agency has looked to hire.
Online applications will be accepted from Jan 3-5.
Candidates must be 20-35 years old, a US citizen, have no felony convictions and be a high school graduate.
There are a variety of tests, including medical, and interviews that will follow.
For information and application, visit www.chpcareers.com.
Bald eagle hike
The Bureau of Land Management is hosting free guided tours that Cache Creek Natural Area in Lake County that will include views of wintering bald eagles, as well as tule elk, golden eagles, osprey, herons, red-tailed hawks and egrets.
The hikes are scheduled for Jan. 12, 19 and 26 and Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, but early reservations are recommended.
The four-mile hikes last three to four hours. The trail includes a steep 600-foot climb in the first mile, so hikers should be in good physical condition.
Hikers should wear sturdy hiking boots suitable for wet conditions and dress for cold weather.
Carry water, a lunch and binoculars, as most eagle sightings are from a distance.
Participants will meet at 10 a.m. in the Redbud Trailhead parking area, eight miles east of Clearlake Oaks on Highway 20.
For more information or to reserve a spot, call the BLM Ukiah Field Office at 707-468-4000.