Around Town, (08/09/14)

Storytime at the mall

The final day of “Once Upon a Story Time With Jazmine” is today at 1 and 2 p.m. at the Merced Mall center court. For story selections, go to

Merced County farmers markets

The Valley Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2877 Atwater Blvd. in Atwater, and the Merced Flea and Farmers Market runs every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. behind the fairgrounds, 900 G St. EBT is accepted at both. The Merced Certified Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at 19th and N streets in Merced. The Buhach Farmers Market is open every Monday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4814 Clover Ave. The Le Grand Certified Farmers Market runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays on Washington Street and Le Grand Road, next to Pizza Factory.

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) 819-9050 for more information.

Elks park breakfast

The Elks park breakfast is scheduled for 8 to 10 a.m. Aug. 17 at Merced Elks RV Park, 3600 Wardrobe Ave. The breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, orange juice and coffee. Bloody Marys and screwdrivers are also available. Donation is $6 for adults and $3 children.

Booster Club event

The Le Grand High School Booster Club will hold a Beach Bash and Class of 1984 reunion at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 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

Red Cross speaker

The National Association for Uniformed Services, H. Wayne Hein Chapter 18, will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 16 at the Castle Air Museum banquet room. A representative of the American Red Cross will be the speaker. Topics will include the current method of giving CPR. For more information, call Larry Frice at (209) 358-2045.

Retired women luncheon

The Retired Women of Merced College will meet for their monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at La Hacienda 2. The no-host luncheon is an opportunity to meet with retired friends. For more information, call 358-5376.

CCW classes

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

Weight loss support

A bariatric weight loss support group meets at 7 p.m. on the 15th of each month (unless it is a Saturday or Sunday, in which case it meets the Friday before) at Mercy Medical Pavilion, 315 Mercy Ave., third floor, Classroom A. For more information, call (209) 261-6333.

Atwater AARP

AARP Chapter 2194 will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Center, 760 Bellevue Road. For more information, call (209) 357-7391.

Stroke support

A stroke support group is open to anyone who has survived a stroke. Family, friends and caregivers are welcome. Meetings are 4 to 5:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Mercy Medical Pavilion, 315 Mercy Ave, third floor, Classroom A. The next meeting is Aug. 14 Thursday. There is no cost or registration required to attend. For more information, call (209) 564-4310.

Sunrise Toastmasters

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