The Big Valley Travel Club is offering many trips this year that are open to anyone who is interested. The group is taking reservations for the extended trips it has planned.
A Day on the Bay, a three-hour cruise on the USS Potomac, FDR's floating White House, Aug. 15, $105 for transportation, parking, box lunch, cruise.
Escape to Lake Tahoe, Aug. 19-22, $195 per person, double occupancy.
For more information, call (209) 634-6804 or email BVTravelclub@charter.net
AARP meets in Atwater
ATWATER The Atwater AARP 2194 meets at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Community Center, 760 Bellevue Road. Call (209) 357-7391 for more information.
Open house for Gray
There will be an open house at 5 p.m. on July 30 at the district office of Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, 690 W. 16th St. Refreshments will be served. For details, call (209) 726-5465.
La Grange catfish dinner
LA GRANGE The Lafayette Historical Lodge No. 65 will host its sixth annual catfish dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the IOOF Hall on Main Street in La Grange. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children age 12 and younger. The meal includes deep-fried catfish fillets, cornbread, coleslaw, corn on the cob, a beverage and ice cream for dessert. There also will be a raffle. For more information, call (209) 853-2128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Souled Out festival
ATWATER Community churches will present Souled Out, a Christian Music Festival, from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Ralston Park at Third and Grove streets. Admission is free. Call (209) 658-7777 for details.
Dirt track go-kart races
ATWATER Kids age 5 and older can race go-karts on a dirt oval track Sunday at 500 Industrial Way. A drivers' meeting will be at 9 a.m. Call (408) 489-9432 for more information.
Tour slide presentation
The Merced College Community Services will hold a tour slideshow presentation at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 13, 630 W. 19th St. Those who attend will learn about Switzerland, Austria and Bavaria, and Scotland. For more information or to RSVP, call (209) 384-6224.
Take off some pounds
ATWATER Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the clubhouse at Castle Vista, 2300 Cascade Drive. Call (209) 628-9720 for more information.
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