Around Town, 07/09/14

Talk Show Toastmasters

Talk Show Toastmasters now meets at 6 p.m. every Wednesday on the second floor of 355 W. Main St. Use rear entrance. Anyone with a fear of speaking is invited to visit and learn about a program promoting communication and leadership skills. For more information, call (209) 628-1928 or (209) 358-1678.

Certified Farmers Market

The Original Merced County Certified Farmers Market is held 7:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays at the shopping center off Yosemite Avenue and Paulson Road and 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays at 18th and N streets. For more information, go to

Pool competition

R-Bar, 1603 V St., Merced, holds 8-ball competition every Wednesday. Sign-ups at 6 p.m., game starts at 7. Twenty players only, $5 buy-in.

Summer arts classes

The Multicultural Arts Center offers many classes this summer on the third floor of 645 W. Main St. Call (209) 388-1090 or go to for tuition and classes offered.

Atwater Chamber mixer

The Atwater Chamber of Commerce will hold its Diamond Mixer and Atwater Aviators event 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.

Merced College Retired Women

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

Independence from Hunger food drive

Merced Grocery Outlet, 1125 W. Main St., is holding its third annual Independence from Hunger food drive. The store is encouraging customers to donate food and cash to support Merced Catholic Charities’ anti-poverty campaign. Participants can look for specially marked foods that Catholic Charities has identified as needed by local families. The items can be purchased and put in a collection bin at the front of the store. Customers can also make a cash donation at the register. All money raised will go directly to Catholic Charities. For more information, 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. For more information and to apply online, go to