Around Town for Sept. 4, 2014

Farmers Insurance lunch

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

Comedy Jam at Merced Theatre

The Comedy Jam with Felipe Esparza is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday at the Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St. Tickets are $20-$25. For more information or tickets, visit the theater box office or email

Documentary screening

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

‘Greatest Generation’ salute

“Thanks for the Memories: A Salute to the Greatest Generation” will be presented Saturday at 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.

Staging ‘Cymbeline’

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

Menudo at Club Mercedes

Club Mercedes’ regular menudo schedule will begin Sunday and continue through March. Serving time is from 8 a.m. until noon (or earlier, depending on the amount of menudo sold). Cost is $8 for a large bowl or $7 for a small bowl. Bloody mary specials for $5. Club Mercedes is at 569 W. Ninth St., Merced. For more information, call (209) 383-9906.

Mercy Gulch Days return

The three-day event Mercy Gulch Days is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at Bob Hart Square, at Canal and Main streets. Most of the activities are free and include a breakfast Sept. 13, a fun run Sept. 14 and live music, among other highlights. For more on the event, go to and click on the “City Celebrates 125th Anniversary” link.

Reich to bring film to Merced

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich will visit the Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St., on Sept. 25 and take part in a Q&A after the showing of “Inequality for All,” a documentary about income inequality. The event is sponsored by the UC Merced Office of the Chancellor and the Blum Center for Developing Economies. The film starts 7 p.m.

10th annual FFA Dinner

The 10th annual FFA Dinner/Auction Fundraiser is scheduled for Sept. 27 at the Merced County Fairgrounds, inside the Yosemite Building. Appetizers will be served at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6. Tickets are $50 per person and $350 per table. Attendees under age 21 must be accompanied by a parent. For tickets, contact Arnie Carvajal at (209) 723-8146 or, or Bob Williamson at (209) 723-6562 or

Textbook meeting in Le Grand

Trustees for the Le Grand Union High School District will hold a hearing at their public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the school’s boardroom-cafeteria, 12961 E. Le Grand Road. The hearing will detail the extent to which sufficient textbooks and instructional materials are provided to all students, in compliance with the state education code. Parents, teacher and members of the community are encouraged to participate.