Around Town: Harmony Valley Chorus announces rehearsals

November 13, 2012 

Harmony Valley Chorus invites all women to join the annual Holiday Chorus. Rehearsals will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 27 at 1455 E. Yosemite Ave, and the program will take place Dec. 2 at the Merced County Courthouse Museum's Open House. For more information, call (209) 769-2890 or go to

Stitches from the Heart needs volunteers, yarn

Stitches from the Heart is a nationwide group of senior volunteers that knit, crochet and quilt little sweaters and hats for premature babies, which are donated to hospitals all over the country. The group is in need of volunteers to knit, crochet and quilt, and also accepts any donations of yarn. For more information, call (877) 985-9212, e-mail, visit stitchesfromtheheart. org or write to them at 4572 Telephone Road, #909, Ventura 93003.

SCORE offers business counseling services

SCORE is the acronym for the Service Corps of Retired Executives, who serve as counselors to U.S. small businesses. The service is free and provides useful resources to new or seasoned businesses on how to transition to a more successful operation. Counseling is offered at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Workshops also are available. For more information or to make an appointment, call (209) 724-2033.

New Beginnings seeks help with animal care

New Beginnings Merced, a local nonprofit group dedicated to saving shelter animals and finding them new homes, needs volunteers, especially those who can foster kittens for a few days, or take dogs and their new puppies for a short time. Also needed are people to take photos of shelter animals or transport animals to rescue organizations. No personal vehicles are needed for transportation. Call (209) 769-2122.

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