Around Town (09/01/14)

CASA volunteers needed

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Merced County will have an information meeting at noon and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17 for those interested in becoming an advocate. CASA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality intervention and advocacy services to abused and neglected children in Merced County. CASA provides training, supervision and ongoing support to volunteers who work with children in the foster care system. Each volunteer is matched with a child and acts as his/her advocate. For more information, call (209) 722-2272. The next training is Oct. 2.

Yosemite art contest

Yosemite National Park and Ansel Adams Gallery have announced the fourth annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest. The contest is open to all students, grades K-12, who attend school or youth programs within the gateway community school districts of Yosemite National Park. Students should submit artwork and poetry no later than Oct. 3. Artwork or poetry should be original and should communicate a connection to Yosemite’s natural and cultural history. Artwork and poetry selected will be featured in an exhibit at the Ansel Adams Gallery. Students will be recognized at an awards ceremony Oct. 25 at the gallery. Contest winners will be notified by phone. For more information, call (209) 375-9505 or email

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 this Wednesday at the Senior Community Center, 755 W. 15th St. For more information, call (209) 564-4310.

Farmers Insurance lunch

All women who worked at the Farmers Insurance Group regional office are invited to lunchat 11 a.m. Thursday at Carrows Restaurant on Motel Drive, Merced. For more information or to make a reservation, call (209) 723-4317.

Literacy Awareness Month

The Merced County Library’s Read and Succeed adult literacy program must recruit 50 more volunteer tutors to help Merced adults who can’t read or have difficulty reading. Orientation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Merced Main Library, 2100 O St. A training session will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13. Orientation is the prerequisite to training. Both sessions are free. For more information, call (209) 385-7391. RSVP required.

Elks golf tournament

The Merced Elks Lodge charity golf tournament begins at 1 p.m. Sept. 27 at Rancho Del Rey Golf Course, 5250 Green Sands Ave. Check-in time is 11:30 a.m., with lunch available at noon. There will be a raffle, and team and closest-to-the-hole prizes. Cost is $75 and includes green fees, cart and lunch. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation. For more information, call (209) 704-2049 or (209) 742-7346.

Atwater Garden Club

The Awater Garden Club will meet Sept. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Atwater Community Center, 760 E. Bellevue Road. Visitors are welcome.

CCW classes

Concealed-carry weapon classes are held monthly 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

Atwater VFW

The Atwater chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars has a breakfast the first Sunday of the month and Hamburger Night every Wednesday. The chapter is looking for more members. All proceeds benefit veterans. For more information, call (209) 358-7224.

Merced Camera Club

The Merced Camera Club invites all who are interested in photography to its meetings at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Merced County Farm Bureau, 646 S. Highway 59. For more information, call (209) 382-0222 or (209) 761-0260.