Around Town (09/02/14)

Come dancing

The city of Merced’s Recreation Department will have 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 moves. Music will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite music to share. $20 per person. Preregister at 678 W. 18th St., or call (209) 385-6298 for more information.

Small-business help

SCORE, a national nonprofit organization providing no-cost counseling to small businesses, is joining the Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce to provide this service. For more information, to become a SCORE volunteer or to make an appointment, call (209) 384-7094, or go to 1640 N St., Suite 120 .

Merced High reunion

The Merced High School Class of 1974 will hold its 40-year reunion at 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Merced Elks Lodge, 1910 M St. For more information, email, or visit Facebook MHS Class of 1974.

Old cellphones sought

The Merced County Area Agency on Aging is requesting the donation of unneeded cellphones for distribution to seniors age 60 and older to call 911 for emergency assistance. Cellphones should have a charging unit and a battery that will hold a charge. For more information, call (209) 385-7550.

Literacy Awareness Month

The Merced County Library’s Read and Succeed adult literacy program needs 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.

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 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 communicate a connection to Yosemite’s natural and cultural history. Selections 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