Around Town (10-28-13)

Travel club trips

The Big Valley Travel Club has some extended small group, slow-paced trips coming up, including Victorian Christmas in Pacific Grove, Dec. 2-5; Palm Springs Senior Follies, Jan. 13-16. Call (209) 634-6804 or email

VFW auxiliary breakfast

The Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW will have its monthly breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 1390 Broadway. Menu choices are: waffles with strawberries and cream, biscuits with sausage and gravy, eggs with bacon or sausage, hash browns and biscuit, or omelettes with hash browns. Juice and coffee are served with all meals. Cost is a $4 to $6 donation per person. Proceeds help fund veterans programs.

Mental health board

Merced County Mental Health Board will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Mental Health Department, 1137 B St., Merced.

Seeking community input

The Merced County Mental Health Department is seeking community participation in an upcoming series of workshops to get feedback on needs throughout the county. The workshops will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and 2 to 4:30 p.m., today, Nov. 8 and Nov. 22 at 1137 B St., Merced. Call (209) 381-6800, ext. 3611, or email

Autumn Bunko

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is having its Autumn Bunko at noon Nov. 16 at Castle Vista Community Center. The cost is $15 and includes a catered lunch. For reservations, call (209) 358-5333 or (209) 358-1705.

State retirees luncheon

California state retirees will hold a luncheon and meeting at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at Carrow’s Restaurant, 720 Motel Drive, Merced. They will discuss the latest news on issues affecting retirees. Join in “giving back” by taking canned food and/or toys for donation to local charities. No reservations required. Free lunch is available for first-time attending members.

VFW barbecue

VFW Post 9946 will have its annual barbecue tri-tip dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the VFW Memorial Hall, 1390 Broadway. Tickets are $7. The meal is tri-tip, baked beans, salad, roll and ice cream. Call (209) 358-7224. Proceeds will benefit community and veterans programs.