Around Town, (8/19/14)

Run for the Fallen

The fifth annual Run for the Fallen, honoring U.S. military men and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, will be Saturday in Applegate Park, near 26th and M streets. Registration is free and begins at 7 a.m. Participants also can register 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 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall, Fifth Street and Broadway Avenue. There will be a candidates forum for the main Merced County offices in the November election. District 3 supervisor candidates Daron McDaniel and Tony Dossetti and sheriff candidate Vern Warnke will be there, and sheriff candidate Pat Lunney is anticipated.

Instructor proposals

Merced College Community Services is accepting proposals for the spring 2015 term. Courses will run January through June. 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 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Families will receive information for the 2014-15 school year, meet the principal and staff, can sign up to participate in the After School Student Education: Teamwork for Success program; 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 will host a country concert at 8 p.m. Saturday with performer Jackson Michelson, who 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.