Around Town, (08/06/14)

Certified Farmers Market

The Original Merced County Certified Farmers Market is 7:30 to 11 a.m. today at the shopping center off Yosemite Avenue and Paulson Road and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at 18th and N streets. For more information, go to

Run for the Fallen

The 5th Annual Run for the Fallen will be Aug. 23 at Applegate Park near the flagpole. Preregister online at or at 7 a.m. the day of the run. There will be a ceremony at 7:30 a.m., and the run/walk will begin at 8. The event honors military men and women killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The event will include a special tribute to Marine Lance Cpl. Travis J. Layfield. The event is free. More information at or call Maria Stanley at (209) 658-2219.

Rib cook-off

A rib cook-off will be at noon Aug. 16 at Club Mercedes, 569 W. Ninth St. in Merced. The event will include live music. Admission is $5. Ages 21 and up only. Call (209) 383-9906 to register your team and pick up rules. The event is sponsored by Vern Warnke for Sheriff, Gateway Fire Equipment, Elterab No. 2 and Johnny Tacherra for Congress.

Le Grand Booster Club event

Le Grand High School Booster Club will hold a Beach Bash and Class of 1984 reunion at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Vista Ranch and Cellars, 7326 E. Highway 140. The event will include no-host cocktails, dinner, a dance and auction. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information contact Sandy Del Real at (209) 389-4576 or

Entrepreneurs sought

The Modesto/Merced Chapter of SCORE, a volunteer mentoring group of retired and working business professionals, is seeking to assist Merced County entrepreneurs start a business and small-business owners grow theirs. SCORE’s services are free to the public. For an appointment or more information, call the Merced Chamber of Commerce at (209) 384-7094.

Back to School Supply Drive

A Back to School Supply Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 16 at Bethesda Apostolic Faith Church, 1822 Canal St., Merced. Free school supplies will be distributed then, and there will be games and refreshments. To donate school supplies or money, call (209)489-4128 or (209) 489-7738. All donations are tax-deductible.

Family Health Festival

Castle Family Health Centers will have its annual Family Health Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 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.

St. Anthony School accepting registration

There is still time to register for the new school year at St. Anthony School. There are openings in kindergarten, preschool and a few other grades. Call the office at (209) 358-3341 or stop by at 1801 Winton Way, Atwater. Elementary school begins Aug. 14 and preschool begins Aug. 18.