Around Town, (09/18/14)

Tea party meeting

The Merced-Atwater Tea Party meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 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 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 7:30 p.m. (varsity).

GVH homecoming

Golden Valley High School will host its 20th Anniversary Homecoming on Friday at Veteran's Stadium, 2121 E. Childs Ave., Merced. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. and include face painting for kids and a parade of clubs. Halftime festivities include class skits on a “Battle of the Books” theme. Homecoming king and queen will be crowned and the Cardinal Regime football band will perform. For details, call (209) 385-8060.

Sunrise Toastmasters

The Sunrise Toastmasters Club meets at 6:30 a.m. Fridays at Carrows Restaurant, 720 Motel Drive. New members are always welcome. For details, call (209) 384-7128 or (209) 756-3001.

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. Saturday at Gateway Community Church, 353 E. Donna Drive, Merced. To register, contact Pang Moua at (209) 385-3000 ext. 5861 or email

Pro wrestling match

Fighting Spirit Pro will have a steel cage match Friday 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 details, call (209) 910-3377 or go to

Atwater Women’s Club kickoff

The Atwater Women’s Club will kick off its 2014-15 year at its first meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at the group’s clubhouse, 3rd and Grove streets. All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. The year will begin with a slate of new officers, some fun and interesting events to come.

Pathfinder registration

Pathfinder and Adventurer registration will be held 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Merced Adventist School, 2300 E. Olive Ave. Pathfinder is a worldwide organization of young people sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, although young people of any religious persuasion are welcome and encouraged to join.

McSwain Advisory Committee meeting

The McSwain Municipal Advisory Committee will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at McSwain Elementary, Room 18, 926 Scott Road in Merced,. The meeting will include a discussion regarding abatement program considerations, an overview of traffic issues related to McSwain by Dana Hertfelder, county director of public works and new information regarding the Kinder-Morgan tanks at Buhach Road and SP✔ Ave. All residents of McSwain are invited.

Genealogical Society meeting

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

Free Christian concert

The Potter’s Place Inc. will hold an open house and free Christian concert Saturday at 644 W. Main St., Merced. The open house will be from 3 to 4:45 p.m., and the concert, 5 to 7 p.m. For details, call (209) 384-9547.

Bands against bullying

The Atwater Police Activities League will sponsor a free concert from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Ralston Park. Performers include Lighthouse for the Blind, featuring Polo Jones, Mike Vanderhule and Rob Tracy; Monsters Rock; High Voltage; Banshees; and Contagious. Atwater Music Room vocalists also are scheduled to perform.

Day of Prayer for Peace

The United Methodist Church of Merced will host a Day of Prayer for Peace at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the courtyard of the church, 899 Yosemite Park Way (use the Laurel Street entrance). The international observance is an opportunity for people of faith to 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. Sunday at Rancho Del Rey Golf Course, 5250 Green Sands 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.