Around Town (09/12/14)

SPCA adoption event

The Merced Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will be holding an adoption event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Armstrong’s Pet World, 2941 G St. There will be animals available for adoption as well as information on volunteer and membership opportunities with the Merced SPCA.

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. Preregistration begins at 9 a.m. and the event starts at 11. For more information, call Javier Aguilar at (209) 261-7500.

Center’s 20th anniversary

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

Day Care grand opening

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

Pro wrestling match

Fighting Spirit Pro will be having a Steel Cage Match on Sept. 19 at Atwater Community Center, 760 E. Bellevue Road. Doors open at 6 p.m., match starts at 7. General admission tickets cost $15; front-row tickets are $20. Kids 8 and under are free with a paid adult ticket. For more information, call (209) 910-3377 or go to

Class of ’79 reunion

The Merced High School Class of 1979 is having its 35th reunion 6 p.m. to midnight Oct. 18 at the Merced Golf and Country Club, 6333 Golf Road. Admission is $40 per person. For more information, call Denise (Smothers) Gallagher at (209) 777-3000 or Karyn (Stella) Johnson at (209) 658-3637.

Crime Stoppers Fundraiser

Merced Area Crime Stoppers will have a fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sept. 27 at Applebee’s restaurant, 1734 W. Olive Ave. The group is a community-based nonprofit that allows anyone to report information about crimes and criminals and remain completely anonymous. For more information and tickets, call Susie at (209) 761-5303.

Tea party meeting

The Merced-Atwater Tea Party regular monthly meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday 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 Atwater mayoral and City Council offices up for election in November. All candidates are expected to participate.

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. 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.

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 the 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.

Golf tournament

The Merced chapter of the Mexican American Golf Association 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 at (209) 761-4150, or Manny Madrid at (209) 384-8532 or (209) 658-9392.

Genealogical Society meeting

Michael Gleason will talk about finding documents outside of 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.