Around Town (11-04-13)

Weight loss support group

Merced Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the 15th of each month at 315 Mercy Ave., third floor, classroom A. Call (209) 261-6333.

Atwater AARP meetings

The Atwater AARP 2194 meets at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Community Center, 760 Bellevue Road. Call (209) 357-7391.

Mental health board meets

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

Gallery to host art exhibit

Uno Sergento Gallery of Fine Art will host “DREAMS,” an exhibition of whimsical and diverse works by award-winning artist Corey Westfrom, from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the gallery, 5054 Pentecost Drive, Suite E-5, Modesto. Call (209) 526-2464.

VFW to host annual dinner

The Atwater VFW Post 9946 will host its annual BBQ Tri-Tip Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the VFW Memorial Hall, 1390 Broadway. Tickets are $7. The meal includes tri-tip, baked beans, salad, roll and ice cream. Call (209) 358-7224. Proceeds will benefit community and veterans programs.

World Community Day set

Church Women United in the Merced Area is hosting a World Community Day and annual meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish Hall, 671 E. Yosemite Ave., Merced. The theme “Walking Through the Doors of Opportunity,” will be sharing information on LifeLine, a nonprofit organization for empowering communities in our area. Call (209) 722-6101.

Marines to celebrate birthday

A celebration of the 268th birthday of the Marine Corps will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion Hall, 939 W. Main St. Bob Martratt will be the guest of honor. Call (209) 658-2663 for more information.

Retirees to hold lunch-meeting

California State Retirees will hold a luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at Carrows Restaurant, 720 Motel Drive in Merced. Receive the latest news on issues affecting retirees. Join in giving back by taking canned foods and/or toys for donation to local charities. No reservations required. Free lunch is available for first-time attending members.

Poinsettia plants for sale

The Native Daughters of the Golden West are selling potted poinsettia plants. Orders are being taken through Nov. 25 for delivery on Dec. 6. Plants are $12 each. Call (209) 617-9772 or see any Veritas #75 member to place an order.

Sunrise Toastmasters Club meets

The Sunrise Toastmasters Club meets every Friday at 6:30 a.m. at Carrows Restaurant, 720 Motel Drive. New members are always welcome. For more information, call (209) 384-7128 or (209) 756-3001.