Around Town (06/26/14)

Mikel Soria Jazz Trio performs tonight

The Mikel Soria Jazz Trio is scheduled to perform 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at Vista Ranch and Cellars, 7326 Highway 140. The band is also scheduled to play at Vista Ranch and Cellars at the same time July 10 and July 25. The group is also scheduled to play at Strings Italian Cafe, 731 E. Yosemite Ave., 7 to 9 p.m. July 12 and July 26.

Scholarships available

The Horatio Alger Cortopassi Family Foundation is offering vocational scholarships for community college students. Students can receive $2,500 per semester, up to a maximum of $10,000. Applicants must live in Merced, Stanislaus, Madera or San Joaquin counties; be no older than 25; demonstrate financial need with a financial aid award letter; and be a high school graduate or have a GED equivalent. For more information and to apply online, go to✔

Artist hosts demonstration

Arbor Gallery will be hosting its fourth free art demonstration of the year from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The featured artist will be Jackie Anderson, a local artist and member of the Arbor Gallery. Anderson uses a variety of art media to create her paintings, and she will be demonstrating the use of alcohol-based inks to create vibrantly colored artworks. The Arbor Gallery is inside the Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St. For more information, call (209) 384-8338.

Get a deal on cat adoption

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, all adult cats are $50 through the end of June at the Merced Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. For more information, call (209) 384-7722 or go to the Merced facility at 1021 E. Childs Ave.

Spend a day at Chukchansi

The Italian Catholic Federation is sponsoring a day at Chukchansi Casino on July 14, $32 a person. Participants will receive $10 for gaming and $5 toward lunch. Bus will depart 9 a.m. from the parking lot across from the post office at 23rd and M streets. Boarding begins at 8:30 a.m. Deadline to hold reservations is July 10. Checks should be made out to ICF and sent to 2829 Bedford Drive, Merced 95340. Please bring a driver’s license or photo ID. For more information and reservations, call (209) 383-4819 or email

Buhach Colony Music Boosters

The BCHS Music Boosters is holding its annual fireworks booth starting Saturday. It’s located in the Kmart shopping center, 1085 Bellevue Road. Proceeds support the Thunder Music Program.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School at the Le Grand United Methodist Church begins July 7 and continues through July 11, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The Le Grand Methodist Church is at the southwest corner of Washington and Adams streets. For more information, call Kari Hansen at (209) 756-2815.