Bariatric support group meets each month
Merced Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group meets on the 15th of each month, unless the date lands on a Saturday or Sunday, then they meet the Friday before, at 7 p.m. at 315 Mercy Ave., third floor, Class A. For more, call (209) 261-6333.
Playhouse presents 'Dearly Departed'
The Playhouse Merced will present Dearly Departed, a comedy Jan. 11-20 at the Merced County Arts Council. The Playhouse will hold auditions for their next mainstage musical, "Jesus Christ Superstar," at 1 p.m. Jan. 12, all roles are open. Auditions for Broadway Sing-Off will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the Playhouse. Call (209) 725-8587 or go to playhousemerced.com.
Conference on abortion at Creekside Evangelical
The Pro-Life Conference 2013 will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Creekside Evangelical Free Church, 2876 G St. There will be two workshops, and the speaker will be Josh Brahm. Call (209) 722-2662 or go to prolifepodcast.net.
Improvement classes for mature drivers
The Merced/Atwater Merced College Noncredit Office is offering Mature Driver Improvement classes for residents over the age of 55, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Atwater Community Center, 760 Bellevue Road and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Merced Tri-College Center. This is a free noncredit class. To enroll, call (209) 381-6541.
Household hazardous waste collection event
The Merced County Regional Waste Management Authority will offer a household hazardous waste event for residents by appointment only Jan. 18 and Jan. 29 at the Highway 59 landfill. To schedule an appointment, call (209) 722-4228, (209) 723-4481, ext. 24 or go to mercedrecycles.com/ hhw.html. Items that will be accepted are household products that contain ingredients that are corrosive, reactive, flammable or toxic.
AARP Tax-Aide program to start return help
The AARP TaxAide Program will begin preparing tax returns for all ages with middle to low income and extra assistance for those who are age 60 and older, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Feb. 5, at the Senior Center, 755 W. 15th St. All volunteers are trained and certified with IRS material. No appointment needed. Call (209) 385-8803.
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