AROUND TOWN (09/09/14)

Justice conference

A justice conference will be held today through Thursday at Merced College. Presented by the campus Students for Social Justice and sponsored by Associated Students of Merced College, the conference aims to raise awareness about atrocities and injustices and to promote dialogue to find short-term and long-term solutions, organizers say. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. today and includes workshops on topics such as domestic violence, fracking and gangs. For more information, call Cody Camacho at (209) 752-1070.

Valley Fever Awareness Day

UC Merced researchers will hold a Valley Fever Awareness Day on campus to educate people who have never heard of the disease or have questions. The event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 16 in the California Room. Anyone with questions can contact Erin Gaab at

Youth soccer challenge

Boys and girls ages 9 to 14 from Merced, Planada, LeGrand, Chowchilla and Mariposa are invited to participate in the 2014 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge. The local competition will be Sept. 13 at Planada Elementary School, 9525 E. Brodrick St., Planada. Preregistration begins at 9 a.m. and the event starts at 11. For more information, contact Javier Aguilar at (209) 261-7500.

Senior Center celebrates 20th

The Merced Senior Community Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 13. The activity-filled celebration will be open to the public. The center is located at 755 W. 15th St, Merced.

Day Care grand opening

A ribbon-cutting and grand opening will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Dina’s Day Care and Preschool, 220 S. Canal St. in Merced. For more information, call Dina Gonzalez at (209) 725-9452.

Hmong Women’s Conference

Merced County Human Services Agency will host a Hmong Women’s Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Gateway Community Church, 353 E. Donna Drive, Merced. To register, contact Pang Moua at (209) 385-3000 ext. 5861 or email

Veterans concert

The Pacheco High School Music Department plans a veterans concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the school’s theater, 200 Ward Road in Los Banos. Children younger than 10 and veterans will be admitted free. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students. For details, call the school at (209) 827-4506.

CRTA garden party

The California Retired Teachers Association will host a garden party Sept. 15 at the home of Bob and Suzanne Delaware, 2850 Boardwalk Drive, near UC Merced. The event will constitute the first general meeting of the association and a welcome to new members for the school year 2014-2015, and includes a brunch at 10 a.m. No cost and no reservations. Come and find out about the exciting events planned for CRTA for this school year.

Genealogical Society meeting

Michael Gleason will talk about finding documents outside of the traditional government archives at the Merced County Genealogical Society meeting at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Gracey Room, Merced County Library, 2100 O St. The meeting is open to all.

Golf tournament

The Merced chapter of MAGA will hold its tournament at 9 a.m. Sept. 21 at Rancho Del Rey Golf Course, 5250 Greensands Ave., Atwater. Cost is $65 to register, which includes greens fees, cart, gift bag and burrito. Raffle tickets will be sold. Call for registration before Sunday. For more information, call Art Reyes, (209) 761-4150, or Manny Madrid at (209) 384-8532 or (209) 658-9392.