Around Town: Day will be filled with wine and chocolate

January 1, 2013 

Merced College Community Services will hold a trip to the Lodi Wine and Chocolate Festival on Feb. 9. Cost of the trip is $95 per person and includes transportation, refreshments and entrance into the event. To register or for more information, call (209) 384-6224 or go to

Wayward Ponies' open house Feb. 18

Wayward Ponies' will hold its fourth annual Open House on Feb. 18. It needs donations of new items or gift certificates for prizes and a loan of pop-up canopies in case of inclement weather. If you would like to donate, please call (209) 742-6808 or go to waywardponies. org.

Yoga classes held at senior center

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

Youth benefit from swipes of S.H.A.R.E.S.

ATWATER -- Save Mart offers S.H.A.R.E.S. cards. When consumers shop at Save Mart and swipe the cards, 3 percent of each purchase goes to Atwater Police Athletic League to maintain important programs for our youth.

Flag disposal at VFW post

ATWATER -- The Atwater Veterans of Foreign Wars will properly dispose of any American flags that are torn, soiled or worn out. Drop off flags at the VFW post, 1390 Broadway. The post also provides wheelchairs and walkers at no charge to veterans in need. It holds Hamburger Night from 5 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday. Call (209) 358-7224.

Giants trophy will be at fairgrounds pavilion

The Giants World Championship Trophy Tour will visit Merced at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Merced County Fairgrounds Pavilion Building. The event is first come, first served. Call (209) 385-7426 or email

Flea, farmers market held on Saturdays

Merced Flea and Farmers Market runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday behind the fairgrounds, 900 G St. EBT is accepted.

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