Around Town: Community classes

December 31, 2012 

Merced College Community Services will offer classes starting in January, including strength and stretch, fitness boot camp, aikido, zumba, belly dance fitness, yoga and more. Call (209) 384-6224 or go to www.merced communityservices. com.

Enchilada luncheon

The Merced Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will hold its enchilada luncheon and bazaar from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at Los Panchos Restaurant, 2971 G St. Tickets are $15 and include chicken, beef or cheese enchiladas, drink and dessert. There will be a raffle, gift baskets and gift cards. All proceeds will benefit the SPCA shelter. Call (209) 947-2527.

Essay contest

The Native Daughters of the Golden West will hold its annual essay contest, "Wonders of California." Entries must be 250 to 500 words, typed and double- spaced, and on any subject relating to California. This is for students in fourth through eighth grades. Name, address, phone number and grade level should be placed on the reverse side of the essay. Call (209) 261-0720.

ACE Overcomers

ACE Overcomers, Overcoming the Effects of a Difficult Childhood, will meet Mondays at 7 p.m. at Gateway Church, 353 E. Donna Drive, and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Atwater First Church of God, 2100 Fruitland Ave.

If you grew up being physically, sexually or emotionally abused, ACE can help with depression, anxiety and anger. Call (209) 617-4688, go to or email

Cioppino dinner

ATWATER -- The Merced Breakfast Lions Club will hold its 33rd annual cioppino dinner at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Atwater APC Hall, 1420 Third St. Tickets are $40 per person. There will be raffle prizes, including Monterey Bay Aquarium tickets, a big-screen TV and more. Call (209) 384-0727 or email kharrison@ merced

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