Around Town (10/01/14)

Blessing of the Animals

The annual Blessing of the Animals is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 1455 E. Yosemite Ave. in Merced. All animals are welcome, but must be leashed or in crates. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (209) 383-0632.

‘Rimers of Eldritch’ play

Performances of “The Rimers of Eldritch” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson are planned at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as Oct. 10 and 11, at the Mariposa County Park Amphitheater, 5100 Bullion St. Another show is planned at 2 p.m. Oct. 12 Admission is $12 for general seating, or $10 for seniors and students. For more information, call Merced College Community Services (209) 384-6224.

Farmers market today

The Original Merced County Certified Farmers Market is from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the shopping center off Yosemite Avenue and Paulson Road, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at 18th and N streets. For more information, go to

Candidates forum

The League of Women Voters of Merced County will hold a candidates forum tonight 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 or to Facebook ( and from those submitted in writing at the forums. All questions will be screened.

FFA Fall Plant Sale

The annual Atwater FFA Fall Plant Sale is scheduled from 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

ALS challenge at Elks Lodge

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

Church to feature film

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

Men’s Day Out

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