Around Town (06/14/14)

Breakfast in Snelling

Snelling will hold its monthly breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. June 22 at the IOOF Hall. Tickets are $5 for adults; children 3 years and younger are free. The meal is pancakes, biscuits and gravy, eggs, coffee and juice. Call (209) 563-6344 for details.

National Pollinator Week

The San Luis National Wildlife Reservoir will kick off National Pollinator Week from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the visitor center with “The Birds and the Bees and ... the Beetles? Why We Should Care About Pollinators.” The presentation, followed by questions, should last about one hour. The refuge is at 7376 S. Wolfsen Road, Los Banos.

Certified Farmers Market

The Original Merced County Certified Farmers Market is 7:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the shopping center off Yosemite Avenue and Paulson Road and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at 18th and N streets. For details, go to

Vacation Bible School

“Jungle Safari: Where Kids Explore the Nature of God” is for children in preschool through middle school. It will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 23-27 at Christian Church of the Valley, 2212 Cherry Ave. Call pastor Chris Medina at (209) 722-5656 for details.

Castle Air Museum

The Castle Air Museum Foundation is a nonprofit organization with opportunities for students, volunteers and others. For hours of operation, special events, volunteering, and guided tours for schools or clubs, call (209) 723-2178.

VFW hall for rent

The Atwater Veterans of Foreign Wars hall is available to rent for parties. It holds 150 people and has a full-service kitchen. Call (209) 358-7224 for details.

Pregnant women’s shelter

JMJ Maternity Homes, a faith-based 501(c)3, provides homeless pregnant women with shelter, resources and support services in a nurturing Christian environment. Maternity and resident programs provide prenatal and postpartum health care, counseling, case management, food, clothing and more. Call (209) 769-7092 or email

Social media class

Merced College is offering a six-week social media certification training class July 14 through August 24. The class is available through the college’s Community Services program, recognized as a National Institute for Social Media-approved training partner and testing center. Cost is $895. For details or to register, call (209) 386-6733 or visit