Around Town ( 07/24/14)

Spay and neuter vouchers

New Beginnings for Merced County Animals is offering low-cost spay and neuter vouchers for Merced County residents only. Call Gail at (209) 969-2010.

Dance at Club Mercedes

The Fresno band Saboris will play from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Club Mercedes, 569 W. Ninth St. Doors open at 6 p.m. No-host beverage bar and food will be available. Price is $10 per person. You must be age 21 or older to attend. Call (209) 383-9906.

Dog obedience class

A beginning dog obedience class will start Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Applegate Park in Merced. The class teaches basic commands such as sit, down and stay, as well as 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 (209) 631-0484 or email

Pasta fundraiser

A drive-thru pasta fundraiser to benefit 15-year-old cancer patient Kyle Begin will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Italo-American Lodge, 1351 W. 18th St. in Merced. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children at the door.

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. New stories are featured each week. Visit for story selections.

Yosemite apple picking

Yosemite National Park will hold its annual apple-picking event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Curry Village apple orchard. One tactic to reduce bear encounters is to remove non-native food sources from Yosemite Valley. The Curry Village orchard is one of two historic 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.

Store holding food drive

Merced Grocery Outlet, 1125 W. Main St., is having its third annual Independence from Hunger food drive. Customers are encouraged 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 also can donate cash at the register. All money raised will go directly to Catholic Charities. For more information, visit