Around Town: Bariatric weight loss

January 5, 2013 

The Merced Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the 15th of each month -- unless it is a Saturday or Sunday, then it meets the Friday before -- at 315 Mercy Ave., third floor, Classroom A. Call (209) 261-6333.

Neuropathy support

The Merced Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Hoffmeister Center, 1920 Canal St. An open forum discussion will be held. Call (209) 358-2045.

NAMI offers console

The Merced County National Alliance on Mental Illness holds biweekly support groups for families affected by serious mental illness. If you would like more information, call (209) 381-6844 and a volunteer will contact you within 48 hours.

Cat group needs help

Last Hope Cat Kingdom is looking for volunteers for its Saturday and Sunday adoption events at PetSmart. Group members bring cats and dogs in on those days for adoption specials and are in need of people to give just an hour or two on one day to help find homes for these animals. Call (209) 388-0164 or (209) 357-5425 for more information or to volunteer.

Maternity resources

JMJ Maternity Homes, a faith-based 501(c)3, provides homeless pregnant women with shelter, resources and support services in a Christian environment. Call (209) 769-7092 or email

Small-business advice

Members of SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, are counselors to America's small businesses. Their services are free and they help bring useful resources and advice to new or existing businesses on how to operate successfully. For more information or to make an appointment, call (209) 724-2033.

John Muir Festival

The pilot program for the John Muir Geotourism Center Youth Program will coincide with the fourth annual John Muir Festival on June 8. For more information on this program, go to or email

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