Around Town (9/23/14)

Hall of fame banquet

Tickets are on sale for the third annual Blue Devil Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet at Merced College on Oct. 11. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in the gymnasium of the 3600 M St. campus. Tickets are $50 per person, or a sponsored table of eight is $500. Tickets are available from the Merced College Foundation, or online at For more, call Steve Cassady at (209) 658-1659, Nancy Bates at (209) 384-6322, or the Merced College Foundation at (209) 381-6470.

Warnke fundraising dinner

Vern Warnke’s campaign for sheriff will hold a fundraising dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Italo-American Lodge featuring Mike Salvadori’s chicken marsala with tortellini. The event will begin with a 6 p.m. social hour, followed by dinner and a live dessert auction. The Italo-American Lodge is located at 1351 W. 18th Street in Merced. RSVP to

Black Oak Casino bus trip

The Native Daughters of the Golden West of Merced will host a Black Oak Casino bus trip on Oct. 4. Bus pickup will be at 7:45 a.m. at the Target parking lot in Atwater, 1000 Commerce Ave., and at 8:15 a.m. at the Wal Mart parking lot in Merced, 3055 Loughborough Drive. 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.

Sunday Dance Social

The duo Just Friends will play swing, foxtrot, waltz, Latin and polka tunes for dancing from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Merced Senior Community Center, 755 W. 15th St. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and cost is $8 per person. Refreshments will be available. For more, call (209) 723-0839.

Merced Homeless Connect

The 2014 Merced Homeless Connect is a free one-day event to offer services to homeless people. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Hoffmeister Center at Central Presbyterian Church, 1920 Canal St. in Merced. Services will include medical, identifications, haircuts, showers, clothing, birth certificates and food stamps. Free lunch will be provided and 250 filled backpacks will be distributed. No one under age 18 allowed.

ALS Challenge at Elks Lodge

An ALS ice bucket challenge will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Merced Elks Lodge, 1910 M St. in Merced. Donations on behalf of Mike “Booger” Dragovich will benefit those who have ALS.

Gospel concert

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church will present the annual One Hundred Men in Black program, featuring the gospel group The Pleasant Travelers of Fresno at 3 p.m. Sunday. The church is located at 404 W. 6th St. in Merced. For more information, call (209) 722-5120.

Flea Market

The Hornitos Patron’s Club will hold its 28th annual flea market beginning at 7 a.m. Oct. 5 in Hornitos Park near High and Mechanic streets in Hornitos. Spaces available. For more information, call (209) 376-2320 or visit

Los Banos Tomato Festival

The Los Banos Tomato Festival will be held from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Los Banos Fairgrounds, 403 F St. Admission is free. For more information and a list of highlights, visit