Around Town (12-27-13)

Merced SPCA meeting

The Merced Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month (except when the first Monday is a holiday) at the First Baptist Church, 500 Buena Vista Drive. For more information, call (209) 723-8953 or (209) 384-7722.

‘Christmas Classics’

“Christmas Classics and Carols,” the annual holiday production by the Merced College Chorale, will air on KYOS (1480 AM) at 8 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. It replaces the program “Community Conversations,” which takes its holiday break. The hourlong concert will feature Christmas classics that were performed live earlier this month.

Celebrate the new year

Celebrate with the Twi’ Lighters from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve at the Merced American Legion Hall, 939 W. Main St. Music to be played will include Latin, country, salsa and old-school. Limo transportation will be available from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., one-way only. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, call (209) 626-6105 or (209) 356-8676.

NYE dance with Force ’em

Club Mercedes will hold a New Year’s Eve dance from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday at 569 W. Ninth 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. For more information, call (209) 383-9906.

ACE Overcomers class

Struggles with depression, anxiety or anger might be a lingering response to a difficult childhood. ACE Overcomers is a program that helps people cope with such effects. It is a 12-week course that equips people to understand and overcome self-defeating thought and behavior patterns. ACE begins a new free class in January. For more information, call (209) 617-4688.

Senior fitness class

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

Vietnam Vets of America

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 0691 welcomes new members. To qualify, a person must have served during the Vietnam War era. For more information, call (209) 381-0451 or visit at 450 W. 21st St., Merced.