Around Town, 07-07-14

Community center needs operator

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. 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 www.mercedcommunity

Donate eyeglasses

The Merced Breakfast Lions Club maintains 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 www.

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

Pasta fundraiser

A drive-through pasta fundraiser to benefit 15-year-old cancer patient Kyle Begin is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. July 30 at the Italo-American Lodge, 1351 W 18th St. in Merced. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children at the door.

Atwater Chamber mixer

The Atwater Chamber of Commerce will hold its Diamond Mixer and Atwater Aviators game at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Ball Park, 790 Elm Ave. in Atwater. Adults are $3 and children are free. Hot dogs are two for $3. Ballgame begins at 7 p.m.

Supervisors meeting

The Merced County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to meet 10 a.m. Tuesday at the county administration building, 2222 M St. Appointing a new county librarian is on the agenda. For more information visit