Around Town, June 18, 2014

Humanitarian Awards

to be presented

Ready for Change will present The Humanitarian Awards at 5 p.m. June 28 at First Baptist Church, 500 Buena Vista Drive. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Local nonprofits and individuals will be acknowledged for their community service. General admission is $10, and a portion of proceeds will benefit children. Tickets available at Big O Tires, Hope Christian Store, Gottschalks Music. Call (209) 233-9573 for details.

Serving local veterans

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9946 has been serving the needs of veterans and their families for more than 62 years and welcomes any veteran whose service included combat or combat operations. The post can assist veterans in receiving benefits connected to their service. The VFW is located at 1390 Broadway Ave. Call (209) 358-7224 for more information.

Legal help available

for tenants, others

Central California Legal Services offers legal advice and representation to eligible people involved in tenant rights and homeless issues; Social Security and SSI disability claims; CalWorks, Medi-Cal, unemployment and CalFresh (food stamps) cases; and much more. Help is available to low-income people at no cost. Call (209) 723-5466 or go to 1640 N St., Suite 200 in Merced.

NAMI meetings

Merced County’s branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness holds biweekly support groups for families affected by serious mental illness. Call (209) 381-6844 and a volunteer will contact you within 48 hours.

Vietnam Veterans

of America

The local chapter of the 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 450 W. 21st St. in Merced.

Arts center offers summer classes

Merced Multicultural Art Center offers many classes this summer at 645 W. Main St. Call (209) 388-1090 or go online to programs@artsmerced. org for more information, tuition prices and classes offered.

Kenny Rogers coming

to the Merced Theatre

The Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre will present Kenny Rogers at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 9. Tickets are on sale now. Prices start at $49. Call (209) 381-0100 or (209) 381-0500 for more information.