Hmong outreach group
hosts tri-tip barbecue
St. Paul Lutheran Church Hmong Outreach Ministries will host a tri-tip barbecue fund-raiser at 3 p.m. today at the corner of G Street and Olive Avenue in the Walgreens parking lot. Get a whole tri-tip for $20 and proceeds will benefit the Hmong Ministry. For more information, call (209) 722-6101.
Auditions for 'Hamlet'
Merced ShakespeareFest will hold auditions for its winter play, "Hamlet," at 10 a.m. Saturday at Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. Performances will be Feb. 22 to March 3 with rehearsals in January and February. Call (209) 723-3265 or go to www.mercedshakespearefest. org.
Church Country Pantry
ATWATER -- Holy Cross Lutheran Church will host its Country Pantry from 8:30 a.m. to
1 p.m. on Saturday at 1495 Underwood Ave. in Atwater. Features crafts, kitchen items, baked goods and homemade soup, bread and beverage for lunch; donations will be accepted.
Dinner and fund-raiser
LIVINGSTON -- The fifth annual Carlos Vieira Foundation fund-raiser will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at 1237 Main St. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for kids 10 and under or $60 for a family of two adults and two children. Dessert auction and marinated pork, linquica, sweet potatoes, taro root, salad and bread on the menu. Proceeds will benefit the Race for Autism. For more information, call
(209) 394-3973 or go to www.carlosvieirafoundtion.org.
Set Saturday aglow
The Merced Saturday Aglow Lighthouse will meet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Calvary Temple Pentecostal, 2740 N. Highway 59. Gloria Branch will be the speaker.
Church holiday sale
LIVINGSTON -- Livingston United Methodist Women will hold its annual Winter Rummage and Holiday Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 11695 Olive Ave. Call (209) 394-2264.
Veterans Day program
WINTON -- Winfield Elementary School's fifth-graders will present their sixth annual Veterans Day program, "Remember America," at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the school, 6981 Chestnut Lane. Everyone is invited. Call (209) 357-6891.
Christmas tree exhibit
The Merced County Courthouse Museum will be setting up its annual Christmas tree display. Registration forms for Christmas trees are available at the museum and the open house will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2. Decorate a tree and publicize your organization, school, classroom or business. Registration forms are due by Nov. 12. Call (209) 723-2401 for more information.
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