The Merced Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group meets on the 15th of each month at 7 p.m., 315 Mercy Ave., third floor, Classroom A. If that date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the club will meet the Friday before the 15th. Call (209) 261-6333 for details.
Garden Club to meet
ATWATER -- The Atwater Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Atwater Community Center. Call (209) 357-9422 or (209) 777-7830 for more information.
Donate blood, get meal
LIVINGSTON -- There will be a community blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. Donate a pint of blood and receive a meal coupon. Donors can earn points from Blood Source that can be redeemed for rewards. For more information, call (209) 394-2059 or go to http://vfwlivingston.com. Walk-ins are welcome.
Applying to college?
The UC Merced Writing Project will hold a workshop for high school students to learn to write an effective college application and personal statement from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, and Oct. 20 and Nov. 3 at UC Merced. The fee is $110. Call (209) 381-6559 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Rigatoni dinner planned
The Merced Breakfast Lions Club will hold its eighth annual rigatoni take-out dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Italo-American Hall, 18th and U streets. Tickets are $7. The meal includes rigatoni, salad and a roll. Call (209) 722-8949. All proceeds will benefit local youth activities.
Advocacy group to meet
ATWATER -- The National Association for Uniformed Services, H. Wayne Hein Chapter 18, will meet at 10:30 a.m., Oct. 20 at 1390 Broadway Ave. The speaker is Anthony Presto. Call (209) 358-4834 for more information.
Kids to have jog-a-thon
ATWATER -- Mitchell Elementary School will hold a jog-a-thon on Oct. 23 at the school, 1761 Grove Ave. Primary grades will start at 8:30 a.m. and intermediate grades at 9:30. Proceeds will go to incentives, rewards, field trips and other activities. Call (209) 357-6112, ext. 14816, for details.
The Rescue Mission will hold a drive-through barbecue chicken dinner fund-raiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the mission, 1921 Canal St. Tickets are $10 per person. The meal is a complete chicken dinner and dessert for one person. Call (209) 722-9269 or (209) 723-2900 for more information.
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