Mental Health Board meeting
The next Merced County Mental Health Board meeting is scheduled Dec. 3 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 3. at the Mental Health Department, 1137 B St..
The 4th Annual Winter Wonderland at Calaveras Big Trees State Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 27. Events include a scenic wagon ride inside the park, crafts for kids, music, hot cocoa, apple cider and cookies. Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $8.50 for children under 12 (includes park entrance fee if purchased online). Tickets can be purchased at: winter2013.eventsbot.com, or call (209) 795-3840 for more information.
Nutcracker at Buhach
Merced Academy of Dance will perform The Nutcracker at Buhach Colony High School at 7 p.m. Dec. 6, and 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets are $15 for children and seniors and $18 for adults. Tickets are available at the Merced MulticulturalArts Center and at the door.
Volunteer tutors needed
Volunteer tutors are needed at the Merced County Library to help adults improve their reading skills. There will be an orientation from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the library, 2100 O St. A training session will be held 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the library. The orientation is a prerequisite to training. Both sessions are free. For information, call (209) 385-7391. RSVP required.
Fuel cell technology lecture
ATWATER A UC Merced lecture on fuel cell technology will be held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at Castle Air Museum, 5505 Santa Fe Drive.
The AARP Merced Chapter meets at 9:30 a.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month at the Merced Senior Center, 755 W. 15th St. Visit www.aarpmerced.org for more information.
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 for more information.
A Christmas Carol at Playhouse Merced
Playhouse Merced will presents Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, a new musical through Dec. 15,at 452 W Main St. Tickets are on sale now. Call (209) 725-8587 for more information.
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