The Merced Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. (except when the first Monday is a holiday) at the First Baptist Church, 500 Buena Vista Drive. Call (209) 723-8953 or (209) 384-7722.
Tea and bazaar
The Native Daughters of the Golden West will hold its annual Fall Tea & Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at the United Methodist Church, 899 Yosemite Park Way. Items for sale include homemade baked goods, craft and sewing items. There will be a Thanksgiving basket raffle and luncheon. Call (209) 723-2575.
Alpha Pregnancy Help Center will have its annual fall benefit banquet at 6 p.m. today at the Merced County Fairgrounds pavilion. The guest speaker is Abby Johnson, a frequent guest on Fox News and the author of the best-selling book Unplanned. Call (209) 383-4700 or visit www.alphaphc.com.
The Livingston United Methodist Church will have its annual winter rummage sale starting at 8 a.m today at its Pioneer Hall. Holiday decorations and winter clothes, including coats and jackets, will be among the items for sale. Call (209) 394-2264.
Sweets for troops
Dentist Von Goodins office will have its annual sweet swap from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday at 830 W. Olive Ave. Donated candy will be sent overseas for the troops. There will be snacks, crafts, stickers and other surprises for children, and everyone bringing a bag of candy will be entered in a drawing to win a Family Night Out package. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Call (209) 384-3434.
Our Lady of Mercy School will hold a Veterans Day Salute at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the school, 1400 E. 27th St. All veterans are invited to attend. Preschool through eighth-graders will assemble in the school auditorium to thank veterans for their service to our country.
Ladies of the Lakes will hold its annual holiday boutique from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse, 30250 Yosemite Springs Parkway. Free admission, parking and shuttle transportation. Food and beverages available for purchase. High school scholarship raffle.
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