Around Town (09-03-14)

Farmers market today

The Original Merced County Certified Farmers Market is 7:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the shopping center off Yosemite Avenue and Paulson Road, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at 18th and N streets. For more information, go to

SPCA fundraiser

Merced SPCA will have a pasta luncheon fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at DiCicco’s, 3360 Highway 59 in Merced. Tickets are $15 and include pasta, salad and a roll. The luncheon is dine in or take out and all proceeds benefit the Merced SPCA. Tickets are available at the Merced SPCA, A Blooming Affair Floral, Expressions of Love Floral, and Wash and Wag.

Justice conference

A justice conference will be Sept. 9-11 at Merced College. Hosted by the campus Students for Social Justice and sponsored by Associated Students of Merced College, the conference is to raise awareness about atrocities and injustices, and to promote dialogue to find short-term and long-term solutions, organizers say. The conference, which kicks off at 11 a.m. Sept. 9, includes workshops on a wide range of topics, including domestic violence, fracking and gangs. For more information, call Cody Camacho at (209) 752-1070.

‘Greatest Generation’ salute

“Thanks for the Memories, a Salute to the Greatest Generation” will be presented Sept. 6 by the Castle Air Museum. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. The dinner-dance and variety show is a major fundraiser for the museum. Bill Johnson of Las Vegas, a Bob Hope impersonator, will be the master of ceremonies. A 17-piece band and a trio of singers also will perform. Tickets are $60 per person. Donors must be at least 21. For more information, call the museum at (209) 723-2182 or (209) 617-9171.

Women’s Bible study

Yosemite Church will have a Women’s Bible study called “Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted.” Women from all churches are invited. The “Connections” group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept 8. The “Coffee Break” group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 9, with free child care provided. Yosemite Church is located at 2230 E. Yosemite Avenue in Merced. For more information, call (209) 383-5038.

Sweet Potato Festival

Livingston and the California Sweet Potato Council will hold the third annual Sweet Potato Festival to celebrate the sweet potato harvest Sept. 19-21 at the Max Foster Sports Complex, 2600 Walnut Ave. There will be a carnival, live entertainment, kids zone, food vendors, business booths, art show and a culinary display with cooking demonstrations of sweet potato dishes. Discount carnival tickets are on sale at City Hall. For details, call the Recreation Department at (209) 394-8830.

Staging ‘Cymbeline’

Merced ShakespeareFest will present “Cymbeline” on Sept. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at Applegate Park in Merced. Performances are at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays. The play will also be staged at UC Merced’s outdoor amphitheater Sept. 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. All performances free for the public. For more information, call (209)723-3265 or go to

Come dancing

The city of Merced’s Recreation Department will offer open dances from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, 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.

Documentary screening

A new documentary film that explores fracking and its effects of water will be screened 6 p.m. Saturday at Coffee Bandits, 309 W. Main Street. “Triple Divide” is co-directed by Public Herald journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman.