Around Town, Oct. 9, 2014

Harmony Valley Chorus

The Harmony Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines International invites the public to join its Women’s Holiday Chorus from now through Dec. 9. Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. at the social hall of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 1455 E. Yosemite Ave. in Merced. A performance will be scheduled at the annual Open House at the Merced Courthouse Museum.

Livingston Lions collecting glasses

Livingston Lions Club has five new collection points for used eyeglasses in Livingston. Eyeglasses are being collected at the Livingston Rite Aid, Livingston Medical Center, True Value, Livingston Fitness and Liberty Market. Take any used eyeglasses to those boxes and they will be recycled to people in need around the world. Call Jill at (209) 489 7533 for more information about the Livingston Lions.

Uke ’n Reed returns

Merced’s folk-pop quartet Uke ’n Reed will play its outdoor seasonal finale 7 p.m. Friday at 510 Bistro at Bob Hart Square, 510 W. Main St. The group plays songs from the golden age of American music. Admission is free.

Fall fun runs

The Merced Running Club’s Fall Fun Run happens Thursday nights during October in Rahilly Park, 3400 Parsons Ave. in Merced. All races start together. Pick your distance (1, 2 or 3 miles), predict your time and take off your wristwatch. Those closest to their predicted times win. Runners of all ages are welcome. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., start time is 5:45 p.m., with awards around 6:15 p.m. For more information, visit

Atwater-Winton Lions Club Breakfast

The Atwater-Winton Lions Club will have its Pancake Breakfast Buffet 7 a.m.-noon Saturday at Third Street and Grove Avenue in Atwater. Tickets are $7 per person; funds benefit Camp Pacifica and local Lions projects. For more information, call (209) 358-0044 or (209) 358-1668.

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, who will entertain guests with several songs. Tickets are $75 and will only be sold in advance. Please visit for more details. Ticket outlets include Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Merced Floral, Christina’s Fine Clothing, Big O Tires and Goldsmith Jewelers in Atwater.

Master gardener classes

Master gardening classes start in January. Master gardener volunteers are trained by University of California Cooperative Extension Office experts to educate and advise home gardeners on problems, pests and general plant and garden culture. The 2015 class is held jointly with Mariposa County and will take place in Catheys Valley. More information and applications are available at, or at the Merced County Cooperative Extension Office, 2145 Wardrobe Ave, Merced. Call (209) 385-7403 for more details. Application deadline is Oct. 31.

Genealogical society meeting

Scott Johnson will talk about the mountain men, the trappers and explorers of the 1820s at the Merced County Genealogical Society meeting 1 p.m. Oct. 18, in the Gracey Room of the Merced County Library, 2100 O St. The meeting is open to all; no membership is required.

Scholarship fund clay shoot

The Taylor Morrow Memorial Scholarship Fund Clay Shoot is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 25 at 3633 Roduner Road in Merced. Lunch and raffle at noon. Special drawing for a Remington 700 and custom duck call. Cash shooting games at 2 p.m. Cost is $50 for shoot and lunch. Special drawing tickets for rifle and duck call are $10 each or three for $25. Tickets can be obtained at N&S Tractor on Highway 59, or call Holly at (209) 489-7881 or Terry at (209) 723-7529. All contributions and funds raised go to scholarships for ag mechanics students at Merced College.