Around Town (07/17/14)

Grateful Dead meet-up

The Grateful Dead’s “Beat Club” studio performance from 1972 in its entirety, 7:30 tonight at Hollywood Theaters Mainplace, 403 W. Main St., Merced. Songs include “Sugaree” and “Playing in the Band.”

Burglary prevention forum

The Beachwood-Franklin Committee for Improvement will hold a community forum on home break-in prevention at 6 p.m. today in the Franklin Elementary cafeteria, 2736 Franklin Road.

About military funeral honors

Soldiers from the California Veteran Honors Program will discuss military funeral honors, benefits, entitlements, regulations and protocol at 11:30 a.m. Friday at The Hampshire independent senior living community, 3460 R St., Merced. Contact Sgt. Mauricio Ceja at (209) 518-8196 or

Free day at Kiddieland

Kiddieland will be free Saturday, sponsored by Merced Elks Lodge 1240. Concession opens at noon; rides will be free from 1 to 5 p.m. Kiddieland is in Applegate Park near Q and 25th streets.

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.

Merced Art Hop

Artists will take over downtown Merced on Saturday at the Art Hop. Festivities kick off at from 5 to 9 p.m. on West Main Street, between I and N streets. For more information, visit

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 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

Dog obedience class

A beginning dog obedience class will begin July 29 at 6 p.m. at Applegate Park in Merced. The class teaches basic obedience such as sit, down, stay and walking on a loose leash. It is also a canine good citizen class, which will test a dog's manners. The instructors have more than 20 years experience training dogs. The six-week class costs $70, or $50 for dogs from a shelter or rescue organization. Call 631-0484 or email to