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.
Club Mercedes menudo
Club Mercedes will serve menudo every Sunday through the NFL season. Doors open at 8 a.m. and close at noon, or when the soup runs out. The cost of a small bowl is $7 and a large bowl costs $8. Beverages will be available at an extra cost. Call (209) 383-9906 for information.
A Christmas Carol
FRESNO Good Company Players presents A Christmas Carol through Dec. 22 at 2nd Space Theatre, 928 E. Olive Ave. in Fresno. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $16 for general admission; $15 for students and seniors. Call (559) 266-0660 or (800) 371-4747 for more information.
MC Community classes
Merced College Community Services offers a paralegal course, as well as other online programs that provide convenient, affordable, and accessible career training programs. Call Community Services at (209) 384-6224 or visit www.mercedcommunityservices.com.
The Sunrise Toastmasters Club meets at 6:30 a.m. every Friday at Carrows Restaurant, 720 Motel Drive. New members are always welcome. For more information, call (209) 384-7128 or (209) 756-3001.
Benefit for ball teams
LE GRAND The Swingin The New Year 2014 dinner and dance to benefit Le Grand High School softball and baseball teams will be held at the Le Grand American Legion Hall on Dec. 31. The event begins at 6 p.m. with no-host cocktails available. Dinner is at 7 p.m. followed by a live auction. Dancing starts at 9 p.m. You must be 21 years or older to attend. Tickets are $25 and are available from head softball coach Gia Priddell and head baseball coach Aaron Martinez, or by calling (209) 389-9400.
Overeaters Anonymous meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at the First Baptist Church, 500 Buena Vista Drive. Call (209) 383-4161 or go to oa.org.
Blood drive to aid SPCA
BloodSource is celebrating its annual Season of Giving by encouraging area residents to participate in the Bow-Meow blood drive through Friday. The event will help the area Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter. Donors are encouraged to bring items such as cat or dog food, new or used blankets, cat litter and detergent to the BloodSource center at 382 E. Yosemite Ave. Visit mercedspca.com to view an updated list of needs.
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