Around Town (07/31/14)

Sunrise Toastmasters Club

The Sunrise Toastmasters Club meets at 6:30 a.m. every Friday at Carrows Restaurant, 720 Motel Drive. New members are welcome. For more information, call (209) 384-7128 or (209) 756-3001.

Concealed carry classes

Classes on carrying a concealed weapon are held at 9 a.m. once a month at Stone’s Gun Shop, 835 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. For more information, call (209) 723-3733 or go to

Educational foundation

Newly formed nonprofit Winton Educational Foundation is seeking Winton residents and individuals to take part in its efforts to improve education of students, increase economic development and provide referral services to the community. The organization meets the first and third Thursday of the month. If you are interested in volunteering, being a board member or learning about planned projects, call the WEF office at (209) 676-0855 or visit at 6584 N. Winton Way.

New Beginnings shelter

New Beginnings for Merced County Animals is a nonprofit dedicated to saving shelter animals and finding them new homes. The group needs volunteers, especially those who can care for kittens or dogs and their puppies for a short time. Help with photographing shelter animals is needed, as are people who can transport them to rescue organizations, for which no personal vehicles are needed. For more information, call (209) 769-2122.

Family 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. There will be free health screenings for diabetes and blood pressure; vision, hearing and breast exams; and dental care for children. There also will be 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 more information, call (209) 381-2000, ext. 7210.

Events at Kewl Kats

Kewl Kats has a variety of fun events throughout the week. Karaoke happens Monday through Thursday, 9 p.m.; DJ/dancing, Friday, 9 p.m.; live music, Saturday, 9 p.m. Kewl Kats is at 1111 Motel Drive in Merced. For more information, call (209) 383-5395.

Atwater VFW to-go dinners

The Atwater VFW will sell barbecue pulled pork sandwiches to go from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at 1390 Broadway Ave. Dinner includes sandwich, sauce, beans and coleslaw. All proceeds benefit veterans programs. For more information, call (209) 358-7224.

Merced Horsemen reunion

The Merced Horsemen are scheduled to hold their third annual Reunion Dinner 5 p.m. Aug. 2 at 499 Nevada St. in Merced. The event will include Western music and cowboy poetry. Poetry by Pat Richardson, winner of the Elko, Nev., poetry contest. Tickets are $30. RSVP with J.A. Thomas: or (209) 761-7740.

Open Mic Night

Singers, musicians, poets, comedians and their friends are invited to gather from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 9 at the American Legion, 939 W. Main St., for Open Mic Night. Ten-minute or longer blocks of time are available. A guitar amplifier, electronic keyboard and a PA system will be available. A karaoke player may also be available. No need to be an American Legion member, just sign in at the front door. No cover. Cash prizes based on audience approval. Proceeds support veteran's programs. For more information, call (209) 658-2663.