Around Town: 7/16/14

Talk Show Toastmasters

Talk Show Toastmasters meets at 6 p.m. today and every Wednesday on the second floor of 355 W. Main St. Use rear entrance. Anyone with a fear of speaking is invited to 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. today and every Wednesday 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

Alzheimer’s support

The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at noon today at Country Waffle, 845 W. Pacheco Blvd. There will be a round table with caretakers discussing the stages of the debilitating disease, followed by conclusions and resources. For more information, call (209) 826-5374, (209) 626-7185 or (209) 826-7452.

Mission Luncheon

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

Lymphoma fundraiser

A fundraiser to help Marina Franco in her battle against cancer will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Lake Yosemite Fish and Game Club. The $10 donation includes a Mexican dinner plate of carnitas, rice, beans, salad, cookie and a drink. Cal “Skyhawk“ Haynes will perform. There will be a DJ, bake sale, cakewalks, face painting and raffles. For details call (209) 722-4966, (209) 720-6625 or visit

Health Festival

Castle Family Health Centers will have its annual Family Health Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at 3605 Hospital Road, Castle Commerce Center. Free health screenings for diabetes and blood pressure; vision, hearing and breast exams; and dental care for children. Free lunch, entertainment, raffles and activities for children. Sports physicals will be available for $25, with $10 going back to the student’s school. For details call (209) 381-2000 Ext. 7210.

Yosemite apple picking

Yosemite National Park will hold its annual apple picking event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30in the Curry Village apple orchard. One tactic to reduce bear encounters is to remove non-native food sources from Yosemite Valley. There are two historic apple orchards in the valley that attract bears to areas used by visitors. Park visitors and volunteers are asked to help collect apples from the trees in this orchard.