'Cruel and Unusual' screening
Director Sam Banning will present "Cruel and Unusual" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at 319 W. Main St. The film investigates the repercussions of California's "three strikes" law, including its impact on the criminal justice system and society. Call (682)553-2366.
Knights' Soccer Challenge
LIVINGSTON -- All boys and girls ages 10-14 are invited to participate in the local competition for the 2112 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Livingston Sports Complex at the corner of Walnut Avenue and Dwight Way.
Youth Leadership Conference
LOS BANOS -- The League of United Latin American Citizens Council 3072 and the Los Banos Unified School District will present the 14th annual Youth Leadership Conference from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 200 Ward Road. There will be career and financial aid workshops as well as free breakfast and lunch. Call (209) 826-5019 or (209) 675-4821 for more information.
Asthma Coalition meeting
The Merced-Mariposa Asthma Coalition will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at United Way, 658 W. Main St. RSVP to email@example.com.
Halloween Costume Ball
A Halloween Costume Ball will be held from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 26 at the Italo-American Lodge, 1351 18th St., Merced. It will include dance performances and a costume contest. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. You must be 21 or older to attend.
Saddle club Halloween event
CERES -- The Mid Valley Saddle Club will host a Halloween Playday at 8 a.m. on Oct. 28 at the Diamond Bar Arena, 6055 S. Central Ave. Horse and rider judged in costume. Call (209) 678-0777 or (209) 631-2214 for details.
Youth Cheer Clinic planned
Merced High School cheerleaders will host their annual Youth Cheer Clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the Merced High gym, 205 W. Olive Ave. Cost is $15. Each participant should bring a sack lunch and wear comfortable clothes. Participants will learn a dance routine and cheer-perform Nov. 2 during the varsity football game. Call (209) 385-6489 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to have your event announced in the Around Town Column, send your information to Connie Hodges at least 10 days prior to the event, at email@example.com. Items run according to space available.