Around Town (01-01-14)

AARP meetings

The Atwater AARP 2194 meets at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Community Center, 760 Bellevue Road. Call (209) 357-7391.

Sunrise Toastmasters

The Sunrise Toastmasters Club meets every Friday at 6:30 a.m. at Carrows Restaurant, 720 Motel Drive. New members are always welcome. For more information, call (209) 384-7128 or (209) 756-3001.

Fitness for seniors

Stephanie Botsford leads 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 on Wednesdays

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at 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 for the community’s most needy and at risk through March. Many people have nowhere else to spend cold nights and do not have access to official shelters. The tent is located 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.

Shelter needs supplies

The D Street Shelter needs supplies such as shampoo, conditioner, bars of soap, deodorant and toothbrushes. Travel sizes work well. For more information, call Renee Mounce at (209) 725-8188 or (209) 947-8386

Scholarships available

Bloss Scholarship applications are available to seniors and graduates of the Merced Union High School District who plan to attend an accredited California college or vocational school. Applicants must have graduated from MUHSD in June 1973 or after. Applications are available at the high schools or at Click on “departments,” then “college and scholarship.” Completed applications and official transcripts are due by March 18. For more information, contact college and scholarship counselor Gena Lanz at