Around Town, (07/30/14)

Pasta fundraiser

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

New MS support group

A new multiple sclerosis support group will meet at 2 p.m. today at the Merced County Library, 2100 O St. For more information, email Tabytha at or look for the group on Facebook.

Yosemite apple picking canceled

The Yosemite apple-picking event that was supposed to take place today has been postponed. The event will be rescheduled, according to the National Park Service.

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

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.

Merced College Community Services

Merced College Community Services offers many classes and trips throughout the year. Call (209) 384-6221 or email for more information on what is available.

Pool competition

R-Bar, 1603 V St., Merced, holds 8-ball competition every Wednesday. Sign-ups at 6 p.m., game starts at 7. Twenty players only, $5 buy-in.