The Midtown Community Council will celebrate the grand opening of its new community resource center during a giant white elephant sale Saturday.
The event is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting at 10:30 a.m.
The center, which has been in operation since March 7, is at 1700 E. Thompson Blvd.
It is designed to help midtown residents find information about city services and where they can go for help with everything from pothole repair to shelters.
The 1,000-square-foot center also may be used by police, probation, code-enforcement and animal control officers, fire and school officials and social services workers.
Council officers also hope to eventually offer after-school tutoring.
Donated rent-free by John Greene, the owner of the small shopping center where the storefront sits, the center will be open seven days a week from 3 to 9 p.m.
Meanwhile, the council is looking for at least 75 volunteers to run the shelter in two shifts.
Volunteers must be 18 years old and will be trained on answering the phone, dealing with residents and assisting police.
The council also needs items for the white elephant sale: furniture, sporting equipment, appliances, clothing, toys, books and other items in good repair.
All proceeds will benefit the community council.
The midtown council addresses the interests and concerns of residents and businesses in an area bounded by Crimea Street and San Jon Road on the west, U.S. 101 on the south, the hillside on the north and Mills Road on the east.
For more information, call 662-2514.