Around Town (07/19/14)

Free day at Kiddieland

Kiddieland is free today, 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. today 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.

Storytime at the mall

“Once Upon a Story Time With Jazmine” is at 1 and 2 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 9 at the Merced Mall center court. Story selections at

Merced Art Hop

Artists will take over downtown Merced today at the Art Hop . Festivities are from 5 to 9 p.m. on West Main Street, between I and N streets. Details at

Merced County

farmers markets

The Valley Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2877 Atwater Blvd. in Atwater, and the Merced Flea and Farmers Market runs every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. behind the fairgrounds, 900 G St. EBT is accepted at both. The Merced Certified Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at 19th and N streets in Merced. The Buhach Farmers Market is open every Monday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4814 Clover Ave. The Le Grand Certified Farmers Market is held Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. on Washington Street and Le Grand Road, next to Pizza Factory.

Lymphoma fundraiser

A fundraiser to help Marina Castillo-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 start July 29 at 6 p.m. at Applegate Park in Merced. The class teaches basic commands such as sit, down, stay as well as walking on a loose leash. It is also a canine good citizen class, which tests 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

Church barbecue

Bethesda Apostolic Faith Church will have a barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at 1822 Canal St. Donation is $10 per person. Choose from pork ribs or chicken. Call (209) 489-4128 to order or for more information.

Dance at Club Mercedes

The Fresno band Saboris will 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. Call (209) 383-9906.