Around Town (11-06-13)

Performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Good Company Players presents “A Christmas Carol” through Dec. 22, at 2nd Space Theatre, 928 E. Olive Ave. Call (559) 266-0660 or (800) 371-4747; shows Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Cost is $16 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors.

Wellness seminar

A wellness seminar is scheduled to take place 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Fellowship Hall of the SDA Church, 2222 E. Olive Ave., Merced. The health seminar will teach how to prevent or reverse many of today’s lifestyle diseases. This program emphasizes choices and shows how to strengthen your social and family relationships, and cultivate a more meaningful spiritual life. Bring your appetite, a friend and a $10 donation. Call (209) 384-5870.

History of the Yosemite Valley Railroad

Jack Burgess of Newark will provide a program on the history of the Yosemite Valley Railroad, a 77-mile railroad system that used to connect people from Merced to Yosemite Valley. This will take place at noon Nov. 13 at the Merced Rotary Club meeting at Branding Iron. The cost is $15 and lunch is included.

Merced ShakespeareFest auditions

Merced ShakespeareFest will hold auditions for “Romeo and Juliet” at 10 a.m. Nov. 23, at Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. Rehearsals will be in February and March; performances will be March 28–30, 2014. Call (209) 723-3265, go to Facebook, or visit

Paralegal course

Community Services offers a paralegal course in addition to other online programs, which provide convenient, affordable and accessible career training programs available anywhere. Call Community Services at (209) 384-6224 or visit

Overeaters Anonymous meeting

Overeaters Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 500 Buena Vista Drive. Call (209) 383-4161 or go to

Presentation on the Affordable Care Act

Leap Carpenter Kemps Insurance Agency will present the seminar “Covered California and the Affordable Care Act –What Businesses Need to Know,” from 8:15 to 11 a.m. today in the Gateway Community Church auditorium. Doors will open a little earlier; refreshments will be provided. RSVP by calling (209) 386-5049 or email

TOPS Meeting

Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at 2300 Cascade Drive in the clubhouse at Castle Vista in Atwater. Call (209) 628-9720 for more information.