Wendy Spencer will direct the 2013-2014 Singers Company season, which starts Monday. This is a noncompetitive performing group for girls ages preschool through sixth grade. For more information and location, call (209) 722-7897 or go to www.merced. singerscompany.com. Space is limited.
Sept. 11 memorial
ATWATER The city of Atwater invites the public to participate in a memorial at 6 p.m. on Wednesday to remember the lives that were lost in the terrorist attacks on 9-11. It will take place at City Hall, 750 Bellevue Road. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Call (209) 756-2489 for more information.
Sweet potato festival
LIVINGSTON The second annual Sweet Potato Festival will be Sept. 20 at the Livingston Sports Complex, 2600 Walnut Ave. Carnival, live entertainment, kids zone, food, vendors and more. For more information, go to www.livingstoncity.com or call (209) 394-8830.
Blazin' Hog competition
MARIPOSA The John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation presents the 7th annual Blazin' Hog Bar-B-Que Competition and Zydeco Music Festival from noon to 8 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Mariposa Fairgrounds at Fairgrounds Drive and Highway 49. Individuals, groups and clubs are welcome to compete. First-place prize is $500, second place is $250, third $100, and there will be a $100 People's Choice award. Come for food, beverages, arts and crafts, beer, wine and music. For more information, go to www.blazinhog.com or call (209) 966-3994.
Breakfast Lions Club
The Merced Breakfast Lions Club maintains a series of drop-off locations for used and unused prescription eyeglasses or hearing aids. Drop off at the offices of Drs. David Baba, Paul Smith and Jeffrey Lee; Save Mart at Olive Avenue and G Street; or the optical department at Costco. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www. mercedbreakfastlionsclub. org.