Around Town: Sons of Thunder's motorcycle blessing

April 5, 2013 

The Sons of Thunder will hold its 10th annual Bike Blessing with sign-in at 8:30 a.m. April 20, at the Christian Life Center, 650 E. Olive Ave., with coffee and donuts. The blessing will start at 10 a.m., then riders will putt through the foothills to a barbecue at Henderson Park before traveling on to Snelling for live music by the Rhema Blues Band. T-shirts and pins available, and vendors are welcome. For more information, call (209) 947-5269.

Baseball fund-raiser

ATWATER -- The Traveling 10U Baseball Team will host a large rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Buhach Colony High School parking lot. Proceeds will send the team to a tournament in Southern California. Call (209) 777-9918.

Alcohol, drug board

The Advisory Board on Alcohol and Other Drug Problems will meet at 5:30 p.m. April 16 at 1137 B St.

COVE holds walk/run

COVE, the Center of Vision Enhancement, will host the Paws for a Cause Dog Walk and Run with check-in at 7 a.m. April 20 at Applegate Park. Start time is 8:30 a.m. There will be a 2-mile/5-mile walk and run with or without a dog. Entry fees range from $8 to $17, and proceeds go to support programs and services of COVE. Pre-registration ends Wednesday. Call (209) 722-8118, email or go to

Relay for Life rally

ATWATER -- There will be a community rally for the upcoming season of Relay For Life at 6 p.m. April 23 at the Castle Family Health Center. For more information, call (209) 777-2013.

Golf class for all ages

Merced College Community Services will offer a class, Golf for All Ages, starting April 27 through May 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Call (209) 384-6224.

Grad night help needed

Golden Valley High School will hold its Sober Grad Night on June 6 for the seniors. It takes about 200 volunteers to put on this event. If you would like to help keep kids safe on graduation night, call (209) 354-0403 or email

Mental illness support

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

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