Around Town (12-10-13)

Santa’s Workshop for kids

Young children are invited to Santa’s Workshop to create Christmas crafts with some help from the City of Merced’s Office of Recreation. The Santa’s Little Helpers event will be held at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. The crafts are geared for elves ages 3 to 6 years old. The cost is $10 per child. Space is limited, so registration is required. Visit the office of recreation in the Civic Center or call (209) 385-6298

Christmas Eve service

The United Methodist Church of candles and carols will be held at 8 p.m. on Dec. 24 in the sanctuary at the corner of Washington and Adams streets. Pastor Tikko Lesuma will conduct the service, which is open to the public. For more information, call (209) 389-4651

Spirit of Christmas luncheon

The 23rd annual Spirit of Christmas luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 21 at the Boys and Girls Club, 615 W. 15th St. The dinner is free and open to all. Participants will be treated to a luncheon and free groceries. To donate or to get more information, call Joe at (209) 726-5251

Senior fitness classes

Stephanie Botsford holds senior fitness classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:45 to 8:40 a.m. The emphasis of these classes is agility, balance, strength and friendship. Call (209) 769-8184 for more information.

Church offers art classes

Art classes are held on Thursday mornings at the Atwater Baptist Church, 2124 1st St., from 9 a.m. to noon. Call (209) 358-2570 for more information.

New Year’s Eve Dance

Club Mercedes will hold a New Year’s Eve Dance from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Dec. 31 at 569 W. 9th St. The Fresno band FORCE ‘EM will play. The cost is $15 per person, and people must be 21 years old or older to enter. A full beverage bar and snack bar will be open for purchases. Call (209) 383-9906.

Holiday Concert, Sing-Along

The Holiday Concert and Sing-Along with the Merced College concert band, directed by Mark Doiel, will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Merced College Theater. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. They are available at Merced College bookstore and the theater box office. For more information, call (209) 384-6284.

Mallet Choir holiday concert

Unity of Merced is hosting the Allan Spencer Mallet Choir holiday concert at 7 p.m. Friday at 305 W. 26th St. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at Unity of Merced office, 305 W. 26th St. Call 723-3427 for ticket information.