Around Town: Atwater Christmas Parade goes Victorian

November 23, 2012 

ATWATER -- The Atwater Christmas Parade will start at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Ralston Park, Third and Fir streets. The theme this year is "Favorite Victorian Christmas Stories." Applications are available at, by calling (209) 358-4215, or can be picked up at 1181 Third St.

Free legal services for Merced area seniors

Central California Legal Services Inc. and Merced County provide free legal services to seniors. Clients must live in Merced County, be 60 or older and a U.S. citizen. Appointments are held in Dos Palos, Livingston, Los Banos, Atwater and Merced. Call (209) 385-7550.

Games, activities for Merced seniors

The Merced Senior Social Club meets every Friday at 9 a.m. at the Senior Center, 755 W. 15th St. There are many activities and games offered. All seniors and guests are welcome. If you are interested in joining, come and visit. Call (209) 383-6057.

Yosemite Church will hold blood drive

Yosemite Church will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday at 2230 E. Yosemite Ave. Donors should drink plenty of water within four hours before their donation. To make an appointment, call (209) 631-5528.

Guitar concert coming to Merced College

Nathaniel Dalman will direct the Merced College Guitar Studio in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the college. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for students and faculty.

Improvement classes for mature drivers

Merced College noncredit office is offering Mature Driver Improvement classes for residents 55 and older from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the Merced Tri-College Center, G Street and Community College Drive. Call (209) 381-6541.

Gifts of Grace dresses for winter formals

Gifts of Grace will hold a one-day giveaway for formal dresses to any family who has a girl in a local high school who wants to attend the Winter Formal but cannot afford a dress. It will be held on Dec. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (209) 722-6708 or e-mail

McSwain School annual pancake breakfast

McSwain School will host its annual Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon on Dec. 2 at 926 Scott Road. Proceeds will ensure that all fifth-grade students are able to attend outdoor education camp. For more information, call (209) 354-2721; tickets also are available at the door.

WestMed College holds information session

Come and learn about WestMed College's certificates and how to finance your education from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 at 330 E. Yosemite Ave., Suite 201. For more information, call (209) 386-6300.

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