Around Town (12-11-13)

Benefit for ball teams

The Swingin’ The New Year 2014 dinner and dance to benefit Le Grand High School softball and baseball teams will be held at the school on Dec. 31. The event begins at 6 p.m. with no-host cocktails available. Dinner is at 7 p.m. followed by a live auction. Dancing starts at 9 p.m. You must be 21 years or older to attend. Tickets are $25 and are available from head softball coach Gia Priddell and head baseball coach Aaron Martinez or by calling (209) 389-9400.

Special Christmas service

The United Methodist Church will hold a service at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at 2550 Linden St. for those who find it hard to celebrate at this time of year because of the loss of a loved one, or other problems that make the holiday season tough to deal with. People are invited to join in prayer, Scripture readings and song. Call (209) 358-6172.

Church holiday program

Calvary Temple’s Christmas program, “The Gift of Jesus,” will be presented at 10 a.m. Dec. 22. Admission is free. 2740 N. Highway 59.

VFW hamburger night

The Atwater VFW post accepts damaged flags for proper disposal at 1390 Broadway and provides free wheelchairs and walkers to veterans in need. The group holds a hamburger night Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Call (209) 358-7224.

Farmers market Saturday

The Merced Flea and Farmers Market runs every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. behind the fairgrounds, 900 G St. EBT is accepted.

Give glasses, hearing aids

The Merced Breakfast Lions Club maintains a series of drop-off locations for prescription eyeglasses or hearing aids. Drop them off at the offices of Drs. David Baba, Paul Smith and Jeffrey Lee,; the Save Mart Supermarket at Olive and G streets; or the optical department at Costco. For more information, go to or email

Weight loss support group

The Merced Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Friday at 315 Mercy Ave., third floor, classroom A. Call (209) 261-6333 for more information.