Around Town (09/26/14)

El Capitan homecoming

El Capitan High School’s Homecoming is scheduled for today, with the junior varsity game at 5 p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m. at Merced College’s Don Odishoo Field, Yosemite Avenue and G Street. El Capitan High will face Livingston High. The halftime show will feature the cheer squad performing before the homecoming king and queen.

Atwater High homecoming

The Atwater High homecoming celebration will be today. The homecoming parade will start at 3:30 p.m. near Fosters Freeze, proceed north on Winton Way, and end on Fruitland Avenue at Dave Honey Stadium at Falcon Field. Clubs, athletic teams, bands and organizations will participate. There will also be numerous community groups, local businesses and elementary/junior high schools involved. The varsity football game will start at 7:30 p.m, with the Falcons taking on Sobrato High School of Morgan Hill.

Merced SPCA training

The Merced Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will have volunteer training Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m at the shelter at 1021 E. Childs Ave. The training is mandatory for anyone interested in volunteering. For more information call (209) 384-7722.

Elks golf tourney

The Merced Elks Lodge will hold a charity golf tournament Saturday at Rancho del Rey Golf Course, 5250 Green Sands Ave. Check-in is 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. The $75 price 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.

Crime Stoppers event

Merced Area Crime Stoppers will hold a fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday 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 more information and tickets, call Susie at (209) 761-5303.

Tomato Festival

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

Library friends meeting

Friends of the Merced County Library will hold its fall meeting 5 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Gracey Room of the main branch library, 2100 O St. Anyone is welcome to attend.

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.

Homeless roundtable

Advocates for Merced County’s homeless plan to hold the first meeting of the Central Valley Homeless Roundtable from 9:30 a.m. to 3 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 For more information, contact Ashley Hart McIntyre at or (415) 788-7961, ext. 306.

Candidates forum

The League of Women Voters of Merced County on Wednesday will hold a candidates forum for Atwater mayor and City Council on Wednesday at the Atwater City Council chambers, 750 Bellevue Road. The mayoral candidates will be questioned from 6 to 7 p.m., and council candidates will be questioned from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Candidates will answer questions submitted in advance electronically to LWVMercedCo@ or to Facebook ( and from those submitted in writing at the forums. All questions will be screened in advance.

Yosemite trail ride

The Merced Horsemen’s Yosemite Valley Trail Ride is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 11. The group will meet at the Valley Floor Stables, $5 per rider. For more information, call Bob Hefner at (209) 756-0620 or (209) 723-4480.