Around Town (09/13/14)

SPCA adoption event

The Merced Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will hold an adoption event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at Armstrong’s Pet World, 2941 G St. There will be animals to adopt and 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 is Sept. 13 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. Sept. 13. 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 be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13 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 have a steel cage match Sept. 19 at Atwater Community Center, 760 E. Bellevue Road. Doors open at 6 p.m., match starts at 7. General admission is $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 will have its 35th reunion from 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 anonymous. For details and tickets, call Susie at (209) 761-5303.

Tea party meeting

The Merced-Atwater Tea Party meeting will be 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, and there will be a candidates forum for Atwater mayor and City Council seats 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. Check-in at 11:30 a.m, lunch at noon and shotgun start at 1 p.m. There will be a raffle, team prizes and closest-to-the-hole prizes. $75 price includes green fees, cart and lunch. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation. For details, call (209) 704-2049 or (209) 742-7346.

Day of Prayer for Peace

The United Methodist Church of Merced will host a Day of Prayer for Peace at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in the courtyard of the church, 899 Yosemite Park Way (use the Laurel Street entrance). The international observance is an opportunity for people of faithto pray and act together to nurture lasting peace in the hearts of people. The brief service will include a time of reflection, song and prayer. For details, 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, and includes green fees, cart, gift bag and burrito. Raffle tickets will be sold. Call before Sunday to register. 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 of Merced County Library, 2100 O St. Open to all.