Around Town: Mochi Tsuki coming

December 24, 2012 

LIVINGSTON -- The Livingston United Methodist Church will hold its annual Mochi Tsuki on Saturday. Orders are due by Thursday and will be ready for pickup between 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Cost is $4 per pound for plain mochi and $1.50 apiece for ahn mochi. Come by and watch the process. Call to get the time: (209) 394-2264.

'Gremlins' in Merced

The Merced Theatre will present "Gremlins" at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $5.

Spring classes offered

Merced College Community Services will offer spring 2013 classes starting in January. They will offer Strength and Stretch, Fitness Boot Camp, Aikido, Zumba, Belly Dance Fitness, Yoga and many more. For more information, call (209) 384-6224 or go to www.mercedcommunity

Farmers Market open

The Original Merced Certified Farmers Market is open year-round from 8 a.m. to noon at 19th and N streets on Saturdays, rain or shine. The Wednesday Market at the Promenade runs from May through the second Wednesday of December.

Yoga classes for seniors

Yoga classes by Joanne Rasmussen are given at the Merced Senior Center, 755 W. 15th St. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Call (209) 385-8803.

SPCA meetings held

The Merced Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 500 Buena Vista Drive, except when the first Monday is a holiday. Call (209) 723-8953 or (209) 384-7722.

Helps for moms-to-be

JMJ Maternity Homes, a faith-based 501(c)3, provides homeless pregnant women with shelter, resources and support services in a nurturing Christian environment that reaffirms their inherent dignity and promotes self-sufficiency. The maternity program and resident program provide shelter and support services to facilitate prenatal and postpartum health, counseling, case management, food, clothing and more. Call (209) 769-7092 or email

Sponsor a shelter cat

Love cats, but unable to adopt? Last Hope Cat Kingdom has the solution. Become a sponsor for a cat or kitten. You can make a difference with a one-time donation or a monthly donation to help care for our adoptable cats and kittens. Businesses also are welcome to sponsor. We are a nonprofit organization. Call (209) 357-5425.

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