ACE Overcomers class
Struggles with depression, anxiety or anger might be a lingering response to a difficult childhood. ACE Overcomers is a program that helps people cope with such effects. It is a 12-week course that equips people to understand and overcome self-defeating thought and behavior patterns. ACE begins a new free class in January. For more information, call (209) 617-4688.
Merced County Food Bank will have a masquerade ball titled “Hunger Has No Face.” There will be wine, cheese, appetizer tasting, a raffle and live music. The event is from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. today at Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. Tickets are $30 per person and include midnight champagne or apple cider toast, breakfast item table and auction. To buy tickets, call (209) 726-FOOD. Masks are optional and will be available for purchase. A sober ride home will be provided.
New Year’s Eve dance
Club Mercedes will have its New Year’s Eve Dance today from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 569 W. 9th St. The Fresno band Force ‘Em will play. The cost is $15 per person. People must be 21 years old or older to enter. A full beverage bar and snack bar will be open for purchases. Call (209) 383-9906.
Party into 2014
Celebrate tonight with the Twi’ Lighters from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Merced American Legion Hall, 939 W. Main St. Music will include Latin, country, salsa and old-school tunes. Limo transportation will be available from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., one-way only. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, call (209) 626-6105 or (209) 356-8676.
MC Community classes
Merced College Community Services offers a paralegal course and other online programs that provide convenient, affordable, and accessible career training. Call Community Services at (209) 384-6224 or visit www.mercedcommunityservices.com.
If you want to help our veterans, the Disabled American Veteran’s organization is looking for a men and women to be volunteer drivers. Volunteering to drive a vet ensures that even those living far from Veteran’s Administration medical facilities can make their appointments and won’t go without the treatment they need. DAV needs volunteers in the Merced area. The organization provides a van and fuel. Call 559-241-6424 or 559-225-6100, ext. 6907, for more information.
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