Around Town (10/08/14)

Merced Symphony fundraiser

The Merced Symphony will hold its annual Music & Merriment fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Ming Luke, the recently appointed resident interim conductor, will speak about upcoming concerts for the 2014-15 season. He will also accompany soprano Carrie Hennessey on several songs. Tickets are $75 and will be sold only in advance. Visit for details. Ticket outlets include Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Merced Floral, Christina’s Fine Women’s Clothing, Big O Tires and Goldsmith Jewelers in Atwater.

Pedal Merced bicycle fest

The Pedal Merced Family Bicycle Fest, sponsored by United Way of Merced County, will start at 9 a.m. Sunday at Merced High School, 205 W. Olive Ave., and follow bike paths throughout central Merced. The aim is to get families to use the paths for exercise and fun. Registration is $10 per person or $25 for a family and includes lunch. Register or pick up a form at Kevin’s Bikes on Olive Avenue or United Way on Main Street. An online form is available at For details, call United Way at (209) 383-4242 or visit the Pedal Merced website.

Retired Women luncheon

The Merced College Retired Women will meet Thursday for their monthly luncheon at LaHacienda 2 at 11:30am.

County farmers market

The Original Merced County Certified Farmers Market is 7:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday 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

NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

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

Spontaneous art by Gronk

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

Story Time in Merced, Livingston

Come join the fun at 10 a.m. Wednesdays for Baby Story Time and at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. Fridays for Preschool Story Times at the Merced Library, 2100 O Street. Preschool Story Time is 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Livingston Library, 1212 Main St. Story time helps increase children’s print awareness and vocabulary and instills a love of books. Call the Merced Library at (209) 385-7484 or the Livingston Library at (209) 394-7330.

Sunrise Toastmasters Club

The Sunrise Toastmasters Club meets at 6:30 a.m. Fridays at Carrows Restaurant, 720 Motel Drive. New members are always welcome. For details, call (209) 384-7128 or (209) 756-3001.

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. Saturday, 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.

Sierra Club speakers

The Merced Sierra Club will present two speakers during a meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Merced United Methodist Church, 899 Yosemite Parkway. Lisa Kayser-Grant of the Merced Bicycle Coalition will examine the county’s new regional transportation plan and how well it addresses air quality concerns. Marlynn Manfredi of Mercedians Against Fracking will give an update on recent legislation and how effectively it deals with water, air and health issues. For more information, call (209) 723-4747.