Around Town, 07/10/14

Merced College Retired Women

The Merced College Retired Women will meet for their monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. today 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.

Atwater Chamber mixer

The Atwater Chamber of Commerce will hold its Diamond Mixer and Atwater Aviators event at 6:30 p.m. today 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.

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

Dance class

Nightclub two-step dance classes will be held on Thursdays for six weeks, beginning July 24 in the ballroom at the Senior Community Center. Beginners class will be held from 7 to 7:45 p.m., and the intermediate class will be from 8 to 8:45 p.m. $25 for six weeks or $5 per class, plus a $1 per class supply fee. Register at Merced’s recreation office at 678 W. 18th St., or call (209) 385-6235. For details, call (209) 233-8539.

Discussion of military funeral honors

will host Soldiers from the California Veteran Honors Program will discuss military funeral honors at 11:30 a.m. July 18 to at The Hampshire, an independent senior living community, 3460 R St.. 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

Luncheon to aid mission

Native Daughters of the Golden West Veritas Parlor No. 75 will have a Mission Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 19 at the United Methodist Church, 899 Yosemite Park Way. $15 per person. Proceeds will benefit one of California’s missions, La Purisma Conception. For reservations or more information, call Marla Weathers at (209) 724-9617.

Merced High ’94 reunion

Merced High’s Class of 1994 will have its 20-year reunion at 6 p.m. July 26. For ticket information and details, email or call (209) 631-1352.

Dance at Club Mercedes

The Fresno band Saboris is scheduled to play from 7-10 p.m. July 26 at Club Mercedes, 569 W. Ninth St. Doors open at 6 p.m. No-host beverage bar and food bar. $10 per person. You must be age 21 or older to attend. For more information, call (209) 383-9906.

Pasta fundraiser

A drive-through pasta fundraiser for15-year-old cancer patient Kyle Begin will be from 4 to 7 p.m. July 30 at the Italo-American Lodge, 1351 W 18th St.. $10 for adults and $6 for children at the door.