Around Town (12-24-13)

5-mile Fun Run today

The Merced Running Club Christmas Eve Fun Run is at 10 a.m. today. The run is up to 5 miles and starts at Applegate Park, 26th and O Street. Runners, joggers and walkers are welcome. There is no entry fee. Bring a small wrapped present for the gift exchange. For more information, call (209) 722-4428.

Mochitsuki is Saturday

The Livingston United Methodist Church will hold its annual mochitsuki event Saturday, when people will gather for the traditional rice pounding. Sales will be by advance order only. The price is $4 per pound for plain mochi and $1.50 each for ahn mochi. Place orders by calling the church office at (209) 394-2264 between 9 a.m. and noon Monday-Friday. Leave a message clearly stating what you are ordering along with with your name, address and phone number. All orders should be made before Friday and will be ready to pick up from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the church’s Pioneer Hall. If you cannot pick up your order by 4 p.m., tell the office that someone else will be picking it up. Mochitsuki is a window into Japanese tradition, and those who would like to observe will be welcome. The best time to see everything in full swing is about 10 a.m. Saturday.

C’mon and dance

A Sunday social dance with music by Just Friends will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Merced Community Center ballroom, 755 W. 15th St. Doors will open at 1. The cost is $8. For more information, call (209) 723-0839.

Art classes

Atwater Baptist Church offers art classes Thursdays at the church from 9 a.m. to noon. Call (209) 358-2570 for more information.

Fitness for seniors

Stephanie Botsford holds senior fitness classes from 7:45 to 8:40 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays with emphasis on agility, balance, strength and friendship. Call (209) 769-8184 for more information.

TOPS meetings

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., 2300 Cascade Drive in the clubhouse at Castle Vista. Call (209) 628-9720 for more information.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to staff a warming tent from December through March. The tent is on B Street near 13th Street. Volunteers work from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Contact Bruce Metcalf at (209) 480-3899 or Phil Schmauss at (209) 658-9558 for more information.