Around Town (08/18/14)

Run for the Fallen

The fifth annual Run for the Fallen, honoring U.S. military men and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, is scheduled for Saturday in Applegate Park, near 26th and M streets. Registration is free and begins at 7 a.m. Participants can also register online at The 4.2-mile run/walk begins near the park’s flagpole at 8 a.m.

Tea party meeting

The Merced-Atwater Tea Party’s monthly meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the VFW Hall, Fifth Street and Broadway Avenue. The program for the evening will be a candidates forum for the main Merced County offices in the November election. Confirmed attendees are District 3 Supervisor candidates Daron McDaniel and Tony Dossetti and sheriff candidate Vern Warnke. Sheriff candidate Pat Lunney’s attendance is anticipated. Everyone is invited to attend and participate.

Instructor proposals

Merced College Community Services is accepting proposals for the spring 2015 term. Courses will begin in January and continue through June. Please complete and return the proposal form as soon as possible if you are interested in teaching a course. Forms can be found at or by calling (209) 384-6224. Proposals for spring 2015 will be reviewed starting Friday.

Back to School Night

Merced High School’s Back to School Night will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Families will receive information for the 2014-15 school year; meet the principal and staff; sign up to participate in the After School Student Education: Teamwork for Success program; and access computer labs to learn how to update information and check student grades and attendance through the Aeries Parent Portal. “Bear Wear” to represent the “Home of Scholars and Champions!” can be purchased at the student body office. Hot dogs will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the quad area. For more information, call (209) 385-6465.

Parkinson’s support

Amy Marchini and Mission Gardens will host the monthly Parkinson’s support group at 10 a.m. Thursday at 1450 E. 27th St. Claire Osborn, occupational hand therapist, will be guest speaker. For more information or to RSVP, call (209) 384-3300.

Country music concert

Vista Ranch and Cellars is hosting a country concert at 8 p.m. Saturday with performer Jackson Michelson. The artist has performed with Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Collin Raye and other country stars. Admission is $15 general, and $22 for a premiere ticket, which includes bar service. For tickets or more information, go to or call (209) 722-8200. Vista Ranch and Cellars is at 7236 E. Highway 140.