Blood drive to aid SPCA
BloodSource is celebrating its annual Season of Giving by encouraging area residents to participate in the Bow-Meow blood drive through Friday. The event will help the area Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter. Donors are encouraged to bring items such as cat or dog food, new or used blankets, cat litter and detergent to the BloodSource center at 382 E. Yosemite Ave. Visit mercedspca.com to view an updated list of needs.
Christmas Eve Fun Run
The Christmas Eve Fun Run will be held at 10 a.m. The run will be up to 5 miles and will start at Applegate Park at 26th and O Street. Runners, joggers and walkers are welcome. Bring a small wrapped present for the gift exchange. For more information, call (209) 722-4428
Tasty rice-pounding fun
Morning art classes
Senior Fitness Classes
Stephanie Botsford holds senior fitness classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:45 to 8:40, with an emphasis on agility, balance, strength, and friendship. Call (209) 769-8184 for more information.
Support for mental illness
Merced County’s branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness holds biweekly support groups for families affected by serious mental illness. For more information, call (209) 381-6844 and a NAMI volunteer will contact you within 48 hours.
Special Christmas service
Many people are grieving and find it very hard to put that sadness aside to get into the holiday spirit. Whatever the reason for sorrow, there is a place that helps keep sadness and grief from feeling awkward and unwelcome. A Blue Christmas service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Merced United Methodist Church, 899 Yosemite Parkway.