Around Town (08/28/14)

Livingston Farmers Market

The Livingston Farmers Market will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight and every Thursday until October on Main Street, between B and D streets. Vendor space is available by the week or month. For more information, contact Irene De La Cruz at (209) 261-0007 or

Open Cockpit Day

Open Cockpit Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for ages 6-17 and free for children younger than 6 and active military personnel. There will be dozens of vintage aircraft, law enforcement and fire demonstrations, food and helicopter rides. For more information, go to

SPCA training rescheduled

A Merced Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals volunteer orientation and training session scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 27 at Merced SPCA, 1021 E. Childs Ave.

Uke ’n Reed

Uke ’n Reed, the pop-swing quartet, returns to the 510 Bistro at Bob Hart Square from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Dine, dance and have cocktails with songs so old they’re as good as new.

Zumba classes

Merced Medical Center and the city of Merced will offer free Zumba classes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m every Monday and Wednesday starting Sept. 3. Classes will be held at the Senior Community Center, 755 W. 15th St. For more information, call (209) 564-4310.

Come dancing

The city of Merced’s Recreation Department will be offering open dances from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7, Sept. 21, Oct. 5 and Oct. 19. This is not a dance lesson, but an opportunity for all dancers to come and practice their dance moves. Music will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite music to share. Cost is $20 per person and preregistration is required. Register at 678 W. 18th St. or call (209) 385-6298 for more information.

Open mic night

Singer Cheryl Lockett will be the featured artist at the American Legion’s open mic night, 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 at 939 W. Main St. There is no cover charge. Lockett is scheduled to perform during the first hour. Other singers, musicians, poets and comedians are invited to take the mic afterward. A guitar amplifier and a PA system will be available. No need to be an American Legion member – just sign in at the front door. Tri-tip sandwiches with potato salad will be available at $6 a plate. Proceeds support veterans programs. For more information, call (209) 658-2663.

NAMI family classes

Families and friends of those with mental illness are invited to attend “Family-to-Family,” a free 12-week class where families learn about mental illnesses and find support and strategies for helping themselves and their ill loved one move toward recovery. Classes will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 4. For more information and to register, call (209) 381-6844 and a volunteer will return your call.

Dos Palos High reunion

The Dos Palos Class of 1964 is celebrating its 50th Golden Reunion on Sept. 20. Lost classmates are still being sought. The reunion will be held at the Germino Building at the Los Banos Fairgrounds. For more information, call Jerry at (209) 392-6321 or Margaret at (559) 289-2616.

Scholarship Fund Dinner

The 36th Annual Clarence Borba Memorial Scholarship Fund Dinner will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the El Nido Fire Station. Dinner tickets are $15 each, which includes linguica, tri-tip, pork, lamb, turkey, beans, salad and a roll. All proceeds go to providing college scholarships. Tickets are available at the door.