The 11th Ryan Gordon Foothill-Amador Alumni Soccer Games are set for Jan. 4 at Foothill High.
Both matches (women's at noon and men's at 2 p.m.) benefit the soccer programs of Amador and Foothill high schools.
The annual event also honors former Foothill High soccer star Ryan Gordon, who died in a boating accident shortly after graduating in 2003.
Ex-soccer players from either school interested in playing in the games should register by Jan. 2. The cost to play is $20. Additionally, all gate receipts ($8 adults and $5 students) and snack bar proceeds will go directly to the soccer programs.
To register or learn more, visit All-Star Sports, 3037-A Hopyard Road, or call 846-7928.
Inspired blood drive
The first-ever Team Delaney Blood Drive, organized by the American Red Cross, is scheduled for this Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Livermore.
The drive, supporting local patients in need of blood donations, is named for and inspired by Delaney Newton, a 2-year-old Livermore girl battling brain cancer.
Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission), meet height and weight requirements, and be in generally good health. Walk-ins are welcome to the New Year's Eve drive, but Red Cross officials recommend making an appointment.
The event will take place at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1501 Hillcrest Ave. Livermore. To make an appointment, call 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code, DELANEY.
New Year blessing
Lynnewood United Methodist Church will host a cross-cultural New Year's blessing in the tradition of India on Wednesday afternoon.
The event, intended for people of any ethnicity, will offer participants private prayer time with lead church pastor Rev. Heather Leslie Hammer, followed by Indian refreshments and conversation with church members.
The New Year's Day event will run from 2-3 p.m. at 4444 Black Ave. For more information, visit the church website, www.lynnewood.org, or call 846-0221.