Around Town (11-14-13)

Holiday dinners

Merced County’s Rescue Mission will host a traditional holiday dinner without charge on both Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve to those in need (men, women, and children). Clothes and toys will be distributed. Help the group reach its goal to feed 3,000 Merced County residents. Drop items off seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m at the mission, located at 1921 Canal St. Volunteer to serve from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 28 at the American Legion Hall, 939 W. Main St. in Merced, and/or from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 24, same location. Call (209) 722-9269.

Musical at the Gallo Center

MODESTO – “Angelina Ballerina The Musical,” based on the critically acclaimed children’s books by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig, as well as the animated series “Angelina Ballerina the Next Steps” on PBS KIDS, will have two performances, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Tickets range from $8 to $25, and may be purchased online at; by calling (209) 338-2100; or from the Gallo Center ticket office at 1000 I St. in downtown Modesto.

Women’s Holiday Chorus

The Sweet Adelines, Merced Valley Harmony Chorus, will hold their annual event, “Women’s Holiday Chorus,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5, at 1455 E. Yosemite Ave. in Merced. This is a chance to learn to sing Christmas carols in harmony. Call (209) 631-4221.

Poinsettia sale

The Livingston Lions Club is selling poinsettias for $10 each. They will deliver on Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. Place your order by calling (209) 394-2212 or (209) 631-0935.

Pruning demonstration

A home orchard pruning demonstration will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 14 in North Merced. Cost is $5; make check payable to “UC Regents” and mail or take to Cooperative Extension, 2145 Wardrobe Ave., Merced. This will be a hands-on class about how to prune fruit and nut trees in the garden. Participants are welcome to bring pruning shears; an opportunity to practice will be provided. UC Master Gardeners will be present to answer garden questions. Space is limited. Call (209) 385-7403.