Around Town, (07/29/14)

Dog obedience class

A beginning dog obedience class will start today 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 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 (209) 631-0484 or email

Supervisors meeting

The Merced County Board of Supervisors will meet at 10 a.m. today at the county administration building, 2222 M St. The swearing-in of a new public defender is on the agenda.

Women’s Spotlight Network

The Women’s Spotlight Network is geared to help grow businesses owned by women. Meetings are held from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant, 3360 N. Highway 59. For more information, call (209) 722-6778.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 500 Buena Vista Drive. Call (209) 383-4161 or go to

Atwater VFW

The Atwater VFW has a breakfast the first Sunday of the month and hamburger night every Wednesday. The group is also looking for more members. Call (209) 358-7224 for more information about joining and costs. All proceeds benefit veterans.

Big Valley Travel Club

Big Valley Travel Club is offering many new trips this year. For more information on trips and costs, email or call (209) 634-6804.

La Grange Odd Fellows Dinner

The La Grange Odd Fellows will host its seventh annual catfish dinner on Aug. 2. The meal will be deep-fried catfish filet, cornbread, coleslaw salad, corn on the cob, coffee, iced tea or lemonade and ice cream for dessert. For prices and details call (209) 853-2128 or email

Counseling for small businesses

SCORE is a national nonprofit organization that will provide no-cost counseling to small businesses, and it is joining the Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce to provide this service to anyone. For more information, to become a SCORE volunteer or to make an appointment, call (209) 384-7094 or visit 1640 N St., Suite 120 in Merced.

Kiddieland fun

Kiddieland is open on weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. until October. It can be reserved for birthday parties from 10 a.m. to noon on weekends. Call (209) 385-6232 for more information.