Happy Trails Social Group
ATWATER The Happy Trails Social Group at Atwater Baptist Church will visit the Classic Vinegar plant in Ceres at 9:30 a.m. July 11. The tour will start at the church, 2124 First St. with a no-host lunch at Sizzler in Turlock. Everyone is invited. Call (209) 358-3693 for more information. Transportation will be provided.
Merced Art Hop coming
The Merced Art Hop will run from 5 to 9 p.m. on July 20 in downtown Merced. Visitors can enjoy live music, interactive art activities, performers and more. For more information, go to www.mercedarthop.org or call (209) 658-0661.
Vacation Bible School
ATWATER Atwater Baptist Church will hold its vacation bible school from 5:30 to 8 p.m., July 22-26, at the church, 2124 First St. All children starting kindergarten through sixth-grade are invited. The theme is Hallelujah Hoedown. For more information and pre-registration, call (209) 201-2496.
Hinds Hospice gala
Hinds Hospice will hold its annual gala on Sept. 27 at Vista Ranch and Cellars. Tickets are $75 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available and all proceeds will benefit the Merced Hinds Hospice. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating a raffle prize should call (209) 383-3123 or go to www.hindshospice.org/ 2013-gala-merced.html.
Summer Music Series
The Merced Mall's seventh annual Summer Music Series is in full swing. Shows are from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Center Court Stage: Central Valley Jazz All-Stars, Saturday and Aug. 3; Carlos Caro's VL Trio, July 20; and Red Dog Ash, Aug. 17. For details, call (209) 723-3981 or visit www.mercedmall.com.
Flag disposal at VFW
ATWATER The Atwater VFW will properly dispose of any flags that are torn, soiled or tattered. Drop off flags at the post, 1390 Broadway. The VFW also holds a Hamburger Night every Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m., and provides wheelchairs and walkers at no charge to veterans in need. For details, call (209) 358-7224.
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