Around Town (11-21-13)

Free legal advice offered

Central California Legal Services offers no-cost legal advice and representation to eligible individuals regarding tenant rights and homelessness matters, Social Security and SSI disability claims, CalWORKs, Medi-Cal, unemployment, and CalFresh (food stamp) cases. For more information, call (209) 723-5466 or go to 1640 N St., suite 200.

Support for mental illness

Merced County’s branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness holds biweekly support groups for families affected by serious mental illness. For more information, call (209) 381-6844 and a volunteer will contact you within 48 hours.

Phones sought for seniors

The Merced County Area Agency on Aging is requesting the donation of unneeded cellphones for distribution to county seniors age 60 and older. They will only be able to call 911 with these phones. They should have a charger and a battery that will hold a charge. Call (209) 385-7550.

Morning art classes

Art classes are offered Thursday mornings at Atwater Baptist Church from 9 a.m. to noon. Call (209) 358-2570 for more information.

Rescue Mission dinners

The Merced County Rescue Mission will hold free traditional holiday dinners on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve for those in need. Clothes and toys will be distributed. The group is seeking help in reaching its goal to feed 3,000 Merced County residents. Items can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week at the mission, 1921 Canal St. Dinner volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 28 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dec. 24, at the American Legion Hall, 939 W. Main St. Call (209) 722-9269 for more information.

Overeaters Anonymous

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