Around Town (09/26/14)

Merced SPCA training

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

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 required. Go to 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 chamber, 750 Bellevue Road. The mayoral candidates will be questioned from 6 to 7 p.m., and council candidates 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.

Celebrate parks at McConnell

The East Merced Resource Conservation District and the state Department of Parks and Recreation plan a day of fun and education from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at McConnell state park, 8810 McConnell Road. The event is part of the state park service’s 150th anniversary. There will be kayaking and information about the park, trees, birds and other wildlife. For park information, call (209) 394-7755.

Merced High ’54 reunion

Merced High’s Class of 1954 will hold its reunion at 11 a.m. Oct. 4 at Gateway Gardens, West 18th and M streets in Merced. The lunch menu includes broiled tri-tip in burgundy sauce, chicken cordon bleu and champagne salmon. Cost is $25. For more information, call Pat Westfall at (209) 389-4785 or Galen Chastain at (209) 722-3406.

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 $500 for a sponsored table of eight. 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.

Gospel concert

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