Around Town (10-30-13)

Conquer fear of public speaking

Merced College’s Workplace Learning Resource Center will offer a short-term course on “Successful Business Speaking” from 8a.m. to noon, Nov.7 and Nov.14, at the Business Resource Center, 630 W. 19th St. in downtown Merced. The course will cover how to overcome the fear of speaking in front of groups, how to put together a brief presentation, how to get and keep the audience’s attention, and other tips and techniques to help improve presentation skills. Call (209)386-6733.

Sign up for Livingston parade, fair

The city of Livingston will hold its annual “Lighted Christmas Parade” and gift fair at 5p.m Dec.6 at Memorial Park on Main Street and D Street. The gift fair will begin at 5p.m. and the parade will begin at 7:30. Activities will include Christmas caroling in the streets. Vendor space is available for $25 per booth; vendor deadline is Nov.21. This year’s theme is “Feliz Navidad.” Entry forms and booth applications are available at City Hall, 1416 C St., or online at Call (209)394-8830.

Schedule set for holiday trains

Roaring Camp Railroads will hold its “Holiday Tree Walk” on Nov.29 and 30, and Dec.1, 7, 8, 14 and 15. It will also have its “Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train,” on Nov.29-30, and Dec.7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 and 23. Roaring Camp is located in Felton, six miles north of Santa Cruz. Call (831)335-4484 or visit for tickets or more information.

Bible study offered for women

Coffee Break, a nondenominational women’s Bible study, meets from 10a.m. to noon Tuesdays at Yosemite Church, 2230 E. Yosemite Ave., Merced. Free child care is available and all women are welcome. Call (209)383-5038.

‘Trunk-or-Treat’ from car to car

The Boys and Girls Club is sponsoring the annual “Halloween Trunk-or-Treat and Haunted House” from 6p.m. to 9p.m. Thursday at the Boys and Girls Club, 615 W. 15th St., Merced. This event includes a haunted house, carnival games, arts and crafts, face painting and more. In “Trunk-or-treating,” adults and volunteers decorate the trunks of their vehicles so children can go trick-or-treating from car to car. The cost is $1 for kids age 3 and older. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, to join in and decorate your car trunk, or to donate candy, call (209)722-9922.

Group reaches out to gays, families

The Merced chapter of Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays will meet at 7:00p.m. Nov.12 in the Fireside Room of the United Methodist Church of Merced, 899 Yosemite Park Way. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends, through support, education, and advocacy. Call 209341-2122.