Around Town (10/03/14)

Scholarship yard sale

The Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 1455 E. Yosemite Ave., is holding its annual yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today to raise funds for scholarships. The yard sale will feature a wide range of items, from toys to furniture as well as new and nearly new women’s clothing, many in plus sizes. Donations are welcome. For more information, call Jan at (209) 631-4221.

Free emissions tests

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District plans free emissions testing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the 11th Street parking lot of the Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The first 525 vehicle-owners that qualify will receive a $500 voucher for repairs at participating smog shops. Organizers estimate a two-hour wait. For more, email or call (800) 806-2004.

Hornitos flea market

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

Ice bucket challenge

An ALS ice bucket challenge will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Merced Elks Lodge, 1910 M St. Donations on behalf of Mike “Booger” Dragovich will benefit those who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Ida Johnson fundraiser

A Chicken ’n’ Waffles Brunch fundraiser for Merced Union High School trustee Ida Johnson is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at It’s Our Kitchen, 1513 W. Main St. Tickets are $20 each. Menu includes grits, sausage, egg casserole, potatoes, fruit and a beverage. Dine-in or take-out. For more information, call (209) 349-8333 or go to

NAACP Banquet

The Merced County NAACP’s 53rd annual Freedom Fund Banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Merced Senior Center, 755 W. 15th St., Merced. The keynote speaker will be Sarah Lim, Merced County Courthouse Museum director. Tickets are $40. For more information, call Kenneth Roberts at (209) 761-6869.