Around Town (07/03/14)

Free day at Kiddieland

Kiddieland will be free on July 19. Concession opens at 12 p.m. and free rides from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by Merced Elks Lodge #1240. Come have lunch and enjoy Kiddieland for the afternoon. Kiddieland is in Merced’s Applegate Park, near Q and 25th streets.

Discussion of military funeral honors

The Hampshire independent senior living community will host soldiers from the California Veteran Honors Program at 11:30 a.m. July 18 to discuss military funeral honors. The Hampshire is located at 3460 R St. in Merced. The purpose of the event is to formally educate the public, funeral providers and veterans organizations on military funeral honors benefits, entitlements, regulations and protocol. For more information, contact Sgt. Mauricio Ceja at (209) 518-8196 or

Merced College Retired Women meeting

The Merced College Retired Women will meet for their monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. July 10 at La Hacienda 2, 3355 G St. The no-host luncheon is an opportunity to visit with retired friends and to keep informed about upcoming events and happenings at Merced College.

Merced Art Hop

Artists representing a multitude of modes and genres will take over downtown Merced on July 19, as the Art Hop once again provides a night of entertainment for the entire family. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. and end at 9 on West Main Street, between I and N streets. The next Art Hop event is scheduled for Oct. 18. For more information visit

Center accepting groups

Merced is looking for groups to operate the McNamara Park Community Center and provide youth programming and other activities. Groups can use the building at no cost; the city will pay for utilities. In order to qualify, applicants must have 501(c)(3) status, be able to provide $1 million in insurance and have been in existence for at least six months. A joint application by two or more groups is acceptable. The deadline for applications is noon, July 31. For more information, visit or the Parks and Recreation Department office on the first floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.

Social media class

Merced College is offering a new social media course for certification. The online class runs from July 14 through Aug. 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

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 go to

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.

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