Around Town (09/16/14)

Valley Fever Awareness

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. today in the California Room. Anyone with questions can contact Erin Gaab at

Safe protests meeting

The Concerned and Informed Citizens for a Positive Community are scheduled to hold 90-minute question-and-answer session regarding safe protests at 5:30 p.m. today at the Boys & Girls Club’s McCombs Youth Center, 615 W. 15th St. Organizers planned the meeting in the wake of protests in Ferguson, Mo. The forum is co-sponsored by the NAACP, League of Women Voters of Merced County and the National Council of Negro Women. For more information, call Necola Adams at (209) 761-8279.

Church luncheon

Atwater Baptist Church will host a luncheon/dialogue with Whitney Bunker, executive director of Fresno’s City Without Orphans at noon Wednesday. The discussion will explore the establishment of a support ministry for foster families. The church is located at 2124 First St., Atwater. Call (209) 358-5427 for more information.

Merced High homecoming

Merced High will hold its homecoming Friday. A carnival will be at the campus from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Bears will face Enochs High at 5:15 p.m. (junior varsity), and the varsity game will be at 7:30.

SPCA fundraiser

The Merced SPCA will have a pasta luncheon fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday 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.

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.

Dog obedience class

The Yosemite Kennel Club is offering dog obedience classes beginning 11 a.m. Saturday at Applegate Park in Merced. The class will include teaching dogs to walk on loose leashes, to sit and come when called. The cost is $70 for a six-week course; if the dog came from a rescue or shelter, then the cost is $50. For more information, call 631-0484 or email

Black Oak bus trip

The Native Daughters of the Golden West of Merced will host a Black Oak Casino bus trip Oct. 4. There will be a pickup in Atwater at the Target parking lot at 7:45 a.m. and in Merced at the Walmart parking lot at 8:15 a.m. Cost is $30 paid in advance for five hours at the casino. Call Margie Treanor at (209) 722 0349. The profits benefit the club’s scholarship program.

Homeless services

About two dozen organizations and Merced County service providers will gather for Homeless Connect from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Hoffmeister Center of Central Presbyterian Church, 1920 Canal St. The free one-day event is meant to provide services to people who are homeless, whether they need a haircut, birth certificate or something else. For more information, go to or call (209) 628-4765.

Barbecue sale

A barbecue sale will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 26 at Bethesda Apostolic Faith Church, 1822 Canal St. Delivery or pickup is available. Menu includes barbecue pork ribs or chicken, potato salad, beans, bread, dessert and a drink. Donation is $10. Call (209) 726-0533 or (209) 489-4128 to order.

Homeless roundtable

Advocates for Merced County’s homeless will have the first meeting of the Central Valley Homeless Roundtable from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Sam Pipes Room at Merced City Hall, 678 W. 18th St. The meeting will cover many topics related to homeless people. Registration is free, but is required at, according organizers. For more, contact Ashley Hart McIntyre at, or (415) 788-7961 ext. 306.