AROUND TOWN (05-02-13)

chodges@mercedsunstar.comMay 2, 2013 

BMX Ride Nights at Veterans Park

ATWATER -- Free BMX Ride Nights will run through October from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month at Veterans Park. Ages 6 to 17 are invited and bikes and helmets are available at no charge. Sign up at the track.

World dance classes at Multicultural Arts Center

Sign up for a six-week session of world dance classes at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St., third floor. Cost is $40 for six weeks or $7 a session at the door. Call (209) 384-7719 or email

Search and rescue team to hold carne asada fundraiser

BALLICO -- The Merced County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team will hold a carne asada takeout dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Ballico School Cafeteria, 11818 W. Gregg St. Tickets are $10 each, dine in or takeout, and proceeds will benefit the search and rescue team. Call (209) 769-6185 for more information.

Castle Air Museum's strawberry waffle brunch

ATWATER -- Castle Air Museum will hold its 18th annual Strawberry Waffle Brunch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at 5050 Santa Fe Drive. Tickets include admission to the museum: $12 for adults and $5 for children under 5. Call (209) 723-2182 for more information.

Merced Council to hold special budget sessions

The Merced City Council will hold special sessions to review the budget at 6 p.m. May 13, 14, 22 and 29 at Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. The May 13 session will cover police, fire and recreation departments, and the May 14 session will cover the other city departments. The follow-up sessions will be used to answer questions. Call (209) 385-6232 for more information.

Bike to Work Week coming in two weeks

May 13-17 is Bike to Work Week, and countywide raffles will be offered in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties to anyone who pledges to bike or walk to work at least one day during the week. For more information, call (209) 235-1092 or (209) 235-0600, or go to or

Mature driver classes to be offered in Atwater

ATWATER -- There will be a Mature Driver Improvement class held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on May 16 at the Atwater Community Center, 750 Bellevue Road. This is a free class, and space is limited. Call (209) 381-6541 to register.

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