Around Town (09/10/14)

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

Blue Devil Dash on Sunday

The Mercy Gulch Days Blue Devil Dash begins at 8 a.m. Sunday at Bob Hart Square in Merced’s downtown. The 1K race for children younger than 12 is $20, and the 5K race for all ages is $35. Register online at or the day of the race. There is a late registration fee of $5. Proceeds will benefit the Merced College volleyball program. For details, call Jessica Casey at (209) 628‐0757.

Youth soccer challenge

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

Senior Center is 20

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

Retired Women of Merced College

The Retired Women of Merced College will meet for the monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday 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 Sept. 27 at Rancho Del Rey Golf Course, 5250 Green Sands Ave., 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 Merced-Atwater Tea Party will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall, Fifth Street and Broadway Avenue. Barbara Levey, Merced County registrar of voters, will speak about the election process. Also on the program will be a candidates’ forum for the Atwater mayor and City Council seats up for election in November. All candidates are expected to participate.

SPCA fundraiser

The 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. The meal is pasta, salad and a roll. The luncheon is dine in or take out. 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.

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.