Around Town (09/05/14)

Documentary screening

A new documentary 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. For more information, call (209) 383-1200.

‘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 Wednesday and Thursday 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.

SPCA meeting canceled

The September membership meeting of the Merced SPCA has been canceled. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at First Baptist Church in Merced. All current members and those interested in membership or wishing to get to know the Merced SPCA are encouraged to attend.

Retired women luncheon

The Retired Women of Merced College will meet for a monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at La Hacienda 2 restaurant. The no-host luncheon is an opportunity to meet with retired friends. For more information, call (209) 358-5376.

Merced Elks golf tournament

The Merced Elks Lodge will hold a charity golf tournament on Sept. 27 at Rancho Del Rey Golf Course, 5250 Green Sands, Atwater. The shotgun start is at 1 p.m. and check-in is 11:30 a.m. with lunch available at noon. There will be a raffle, team prizes 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 Tea Party meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Merced-Atwater Tea Party will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, Fifth Street and Broadway Avenue in Atwater. Barbara Levey, Merced County registrar of voters, will speak on the election process. Also on the program will be a candidates’ forum for the Atwater mayoral and City Council offices up for election in November. All candidates are expected to participate. Everyone is invited to attend and participate.

Day of Prayer for Peace

The United Methodist Church of Merced is hosting a Day of Prayer for Peace at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in the church’s courtyard. The church is at 899 Yosemite Park Way (use Laurel Street entrance). The international observance offers an opportunity for people of faith throughout the world to pray and act together to nurture lasting peace in the hearts of people, their families, communities and societies. The brief service will include a time of reflection, song and prayer. For more information, call (209) 722-5777.