Around Town (06/28/14)

Social media class

Merced College is offering a new social media course for certification. The online class runs from July 14 through August 24. The training course is available through Merced College’s Community Services program, which is recognized as a National Institute for Social Media-approved training partner and testing center. The cost to enroll in the course is $895. For more information or to register, call (209) 386-6733 or visit

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

Pregnant women’s shelter

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

CCW classes

Concealed Carry Weapon classes are held once a month at 9 a.m. at Stone’s Gun Shop, 835 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. For details, call (209) 723-3733 or go to

Artist demonstration

Arbor Gallery will hold its fourth free art demonstration of the year from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The featured artist will be Jackie Anderson, a local artist and member of the Arbor Gallery. Anderson uses a variety of media to create her paintings and will demonstrate the use of alcohol-based inks. 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 until Monday at the Merced Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. For more information, call (209) 384-7722 or go to the Merced shelter at 1021 E. Childs Ave.

Donate eyeglasses

The Merced Breakfast Lions Club maintains a series of drop-off locations for used and unused prescription eyeglasses or hearing aids at the offices of Drs. David Baba, Paul Smith or Jeffrey Lee; the Save Mart at Olive Avenue and G Street; or the optical department of Costco. For more information, email or

Disabled American Veterans seeks volunteers

If you want to help veterans, Disabled American Veterans is looking for men and women to be volunteer drivers. Volunteering to drive a vet ensures that even those who live some distance from VA hospitals can make their appointments and not go without the treatment they need. DAV needs volunteers in the Merced area. DAV provides the vehicle and fuel. Call (559) 241-6424 or (559) 225-6100 ext. 6907 for more information.