Around Town, (09/30/14)

Candidates forum

The League of Women Voters of Merced County on Wednesday will hold a candidates forum for Atwater mayor and City Council 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.

Church to feature film

The First Baptist Church of Merced will feature the film “God’s Not Dead” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 500 Buena Vista Drive. Admission is free. For more details, call (209) 383-7729 or visit

Women’s Club luncheon

The Merced Women’s Club will hold its October luncheon on Oct. 7 at the clubhouse, 22nd and N streets. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. All women in the community are welcome. The event will include Polynesian dancing. Admission is $8. Call (209) 819-9050.

Men’s Day Out

The South Merced Old Timers’ Men’s Day Out will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rahilly Park, 3400 N. Parsons Avenue. The event will include barbecue, soul food and games. For more information, call Selmor Green at (209) 722-0845.

Free venue rentals

The Pacheco Village and Pacheco Court Apartments offers free venue rentals. The rental includes a meeting space with a capacity of up to 60 and well-equipped club rooms with kitchens. Available for local clubs, organizations, churches and nonprofit agencies to use for meetings and activities. For details, call (209) 826-8300 or visit the leasing office at 2241 Gilbert Gonzalez Jr. Drive in Los Banos.

OLM Oktoberfest

Enjoy an evening under the stars while eating sausage and drinking beer at the Our Lady of Mercy Oktoberfest at 6 p.m. Oct. 11, 4526 E. Highway 140. There will be several varieties of sausage, cheese, pretzels and beer. New this year will be a fudge-tasting bar. For details or to purchase tickets, call OLM School Office at (209) 722-7496. Tickets are $25 each. Must be 21 and over.

Artist Gronk Nicandro

Observe internationally known Chicano artist Gronk Nicandro create an original work of art Oct. 7-18 at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St. Meet the artist at a special reception at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the center, followed by a scholarly discussion on Gronk’s artistic achievements. Watch Gronk create a spontaneous work of art during ArtHop on Oct. 18 from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information: email or visit

Library friends meeting

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

FFA plant sale

The annual Atwater FFA Fall Plant Sale will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Atwater High School Ag Department, 2201 Fruitland Ave. in Atwater. For more information, go to

Homeless roundtable

Advocates for Merced County’s homeless will conduct the first meeting of the Central Valley Homeless Roundtable from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday 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.

Folk art workshops

The Mariposa Art Co. will host children’s art workshops at its gallery, 1637 M St., leading up to the company’s Dia de los Muertos art show. On Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., a Mexican folk art workshop will feature marigolds; on Oct 10, also from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the workshop will feature sugar skulls. Cost is $10 per child. To register, call (209) 354-6067. On Oct. 18 from 6 to 10 p.m., the company will hold its free “La Ultima Risa: An Artistic Day of the Dead Celebration.”