Around Town (11-26-13)

Health care presentation

Golden Valley Health Centers will have a presentation on the Affordable Care Act from 4 to 5 p.m. today. To register contact Ivan Prado at (209) 385-5490 or at

Paralegal course

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

Gordo Fest

Gordo Fest will be held from 3 p.m. to midnight on Friday at Yosemite Hall, Merced Fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. All ages. Presale tickets are $10, $15 at the door. Visit Gordo Fest 2013 via Facebook. Twelve acts, food, drinks, vendors. Manuel "Gordo" Chavez died a year ago. Proceeds will go to a music scholarship in his name.

Building Human Assets meeting

The Boys and Girls Club of Merced will hold a Building Human Assets Meeting, Part 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 615 W. 15th St. The meeting will include learning and support services to improve the home, school, neighborhood and workplace networks of parents and children in crisis. Call (209) 722-9922 for more information.

Poinsettias for sale

The Atwater-Winton Lions Club will be selling poinsettia plants. Orders will be taken through Saturday. The plants will be delivered to your door Dec 2 or Dec. 3. Call (209) 358-0044 or (209) 358-1668 for more information.

Merced County Reading Society

Merced County Reading Society will meet at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Barnes & Noble in Merced. The group will discuss Joseph Campbell’s “Power of Myth.” The selection for January will be “The Bostonian,” by Henry James. Newcomers welcome. Call (209) 725-1868 for more information.

Women’s Holiday Chorus

The Sweet Adelines, Merced Valley Harmony Chorus, will hold their annual “Women’s Holiday Chorus” from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 at 1455 E. Yosemite Ave. Call (209) 631-4221 for more information.

Horse Science Fair

Wayward Ponies' Home will host a Horse Science Fair for fourth- through eighth-graders as part of its next open house on Feb. 8. Project pre-approval forms must be sent in by Saturday. The group needs organizations, businesses or individuals that wish to sponsor prizes, and retired teachers, particularly retired science teachers, to serve as judges. Call (209) 742-6808 or email