CERES -- The Mid Valley Saddle Club will host a Halloween playday at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Diamond Bar Arena, 6055 S. Central Ave. Horse and rider judged in costume. For more, call (209) 678-0777.
DOS PALOS -- The Dos Palos Oro Loma Teachers Association will sponsor a candidates' forum at 5 p.m. on Monday in the Dos Palos High School library. The public is invited.
Empty Bowl Project
ATWATER -- The Merced Community Action Agency will present its 2nd annual Empty Bowl Project 2012 on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Atwater Community Center, 760 W. Bellevue Rd. Tickets are $20 and include soup, bread and bowl of your choice. This event is held to raise money to fight hunger in the community. Call (209) 381-5290.
Halloween candy swap
Trick-or-Treaters can bring their unopened candy to the office of Dr. Von Goodin and swap it for toys and prizes. The first 100 participants will receive a gift bag. The candy collected will be sent to U.S. soldiers overseas. A ticket for a drawing will be given for each pound of candy turned in, and a thank-you letter can be sent to the soldiers. A grand prize of a family night out with dinner, movie tickets and ice cream will be awarded. Call (209) 384-3434 or go to www.operationgratitude.com.
Holiday vendor fair
Stone Ridge Christian High School will host its 2nd annual Holiday vendor fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 3 at 500 Buena Vista Drive. Call (209) 723-5263 or go to email@example.com.
The Merced Womens' Club will host their monthly Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 6 at 707 W. 22nd St. Jeanne Franco will be the speaker. Call (209) 384-5880 for reservations by Friday.
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