Sunday social dance
A Sunday social dance with music by Just Friends will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Merced Community Center ballroom, 755 W. 15th St. Doors will open at 1 p.m. The cost is $8. For more information, call (209) 723-0839.
Reading Society to meet
The Merced Reading Society will meet at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 2 at Barnes & Noble on Olive Avenue. They will be discussing The Bostonians by Henry James. To join the discussion or get more information, call (209) 725-1868.
AARP meeting Wednesday
AARPs Merced chapter will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Merced Senior Center, 755 W. 15th St. Go to www.aarpmerced.org for more information.
DAV seeks drivers in area
Disabled American Veterans is looking for adults to be volunteer drivers. Helping ensures that veterans can make their appointments and not go without the treatment they need. The DAV provides a van and fuel. Call (559) 241-6424 or (559) 225-6100, ext. 6907.
Help with codependency
CoDA is a 12-step program that helps codependent people have healthy, loving relationships. The group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 500 Buena Vista Drive in the First Baptist Church administration building.
Special holiday service
ATWATER The United Methodist Church will hold a service featuring prayer, scripture and music at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2550 Linden St. for those who find it hard to celebrate at this time of year because of difficulties such as the loss of a loved one. Call (209) 358-6172.
Christmas Eve at church
ATWATER The Baptist Churchs annual Christmas Eve Service will be held at 6 p.m. The community is invited to join in singing carols and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Classroom supply drive
This Christmas season, United Way of Merced County is providing classroom supplies to teachers who ordinarily have to buy many supplies themselves. The effort will help at schools in lower-income neighborhoods this year. Aid is needed with supplies such as facial tissue, hand sanitizer, notebooks, No. 2 pencils, rulers, crayons and colored markers. Donations can be dropped off before Wednesday at the United Way office, 658 W. Main Street. For more information, call (209) 383-4242.
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