Around Town (08/21/14)

Pet carriers

New Beginnings of Merced needs carriers for the 200-plus animals it transports from Animal Control to no-kill rescues each month. Any carriers appropriate for animals 30 pounds and under in usable condition are acceptable as well as new carriers or funds for their purchase. Receipts can be provided for tax purposes. If you can help, Atwater residents please call (209) 658-8553; Merced residents, (209) 769-8953.

Open Cockpit Day

Open Cockpit Day is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31 at Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for young people ages 6 to 17 and free for children and active military personnel. Festivities feature dozens of vintage aircraft, law enforcement and fire demonstrations, food and helicopter rides. For more information, go to

Blood drive

The Los Banos Community Blood Drive is scheduled for 3 to 6:30 p.m. today at the Church of Latter Day Saints, 1826 S. Center Ave. All donors will receive a “buy one, get one” Big Fresno Fair 2014 voucher and a voucher for a pint of Baskin-Robbins ice cream.

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. tonight 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. Sheriff candidate Pat Lunney’s participation is anticipated.

Contractor workshop

The Merced City School District will host a Contractor and Vendors Outreach Workshop Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Rivera Middle School, 645 Buena Vista Drive. Thirty to 50 local contractors are expected to attend the event, where they can find out about bidding on the Rivera Middle School expansion project as well as long-term modernization at all district campuses. For more information or to register, call Tania Masseroni at the district’s Facilities Department, (209) 385-6694.

McSwain advisory council

The McSwain Municipal Advisory Council will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday at McSwain Elementary School, 926 Scott Road. Dana Hertfelder, Merced County public works director, will give a brief presentation regarding roads and current projects. All McSwain residents are encouraged to attend.

McKenna Faith

Country music recording artist McKenna Faith is scheduled to perform Friday at Club Mercedes, 569 W. Ninth St. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, must be age 21 or over to enter. The club’s snack and beverage bar will be open for service. For ticket information, call the club at (209) 383-9906 after 4 p.m. or (209) 777-6750.