Reading Society to meet
The Merced Reading Society will meet at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 2 at Barnes & Noble on Olive Avenue. They will be discussing “The Bostonians” by Henry James. To join the discussion or get more information, call (209) 725-1868.
Club Mercedes menudo
Club Mercedes will serve menudo every Sunday through the NFL season. Doors open at 8 a.m. and close at noon, or when the soup runs out. The cost of a small bowl is $7 and a large bowl costs $8. Beverages will be available at an extra cost. Call (209) 383-9906 for information.
‘A Christmas Carol’
MC Community classes
Merced College Community Services offers a paralegal course, as well as other online programs that provide convenient, affordable, and accessible career training programs. Call Community Services at (209) 384-6224 or visit www.mercedcommunityservices.com.
The Sunrise Toastmasters Club meets at 6:30 a.m. every Friday at Carrows Restaurant, 720 Motel Drive. New members are always welcome. For more information, call (209) 384-7128 or (209) 756-3001.
Benefit for ball teams
Overeaters Anonymous meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at the First Baptist Church, 500 Buena Vista Drive. Call (209) 383-4161 or go to oa.org.
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.