Club planning excursions in the States and abroad Big Valley Travel Club has trips planned to Reno, Boston, New Zealand as well as Scotland and Ireland, among other destinations. For more information, call (209) 634-6804 or e-mail BVTravelclub@charter.net.
No partner needed to join world dance classes World dance fall classes are Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8 at 645 W. Main St., third floor. Cost is $40 for six weeks or $7 per class at the door. No experience or partner needed. For more information, call (209) 756-6039 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Horse sanctuary holding its annual open house Wayward Ponies' Home in Catheys Valley will host its fourth annual open house on Dec. 18. The horse sanctuary is in need of donations of new items or gift certificates for prizes and a loan of pop-up canopies in case of inclement weather. The nonprofit's aim is to provide care for unwanted equines and to promote the welfare of horses. If you would like to donate, please call (209) 742-6808 or go to http://waywardponies.org.
Rescue mission needs help to help the needy Merced County Rescue Mission will be feeding thousands of people a Christmas dinner. "A traditional dinner will be fed to men, women and children and food and volunteers are needed," according to the group. "We will also be distributing clothes and toys to the needy. Our list of items needed are turkeys, hams, turkey pans, potatoes, canned cranberries, rolls, pies, paper plates, napkins, plastic forks, spoons and knives, stuffing, butter cubes, salad and dressing and salt and pepper packets." Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 24 at the American Legion Hall, 939 W. Main St. For more information, call (209) 658-9558 or (209) 722-9269.
Abuse survivors group meets in Merced, Atwater ACE Overcomers, Overcoming the Effects of a Difficult Childhood, meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at Gateway Church, 353 E. Donn Drive, and on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Atwater First Church of God, 2100 Fruitland Ave. "If you grew up being physically, sexually or emotionally abused," according to the group, "ACE can help you overcome depression, anxiety and anger caused by these abuses." For more information, call (209) 617-4688 or go to www.aceovercomers.org or e-mail email@example.com.
Farmers market is open; Promenade nears end The Original Merced Certified Farmers Market is open year-round from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays at 19th and N streets, rain or shine. The Wednesday Market at the Promenade runs through the second Wednesday of December.
Atwater travel baseball seeks players for 2013 Atwater Arsenal Travel Baseball is looking for players ages 13 and 14 for its 2013 season. For more information, call (209)756-8222.
If you would like to have your event announced in the Around Town Column, send your information to Connie Hodges at least 10 days prior to the event, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Items run according to space available.