Around Town (10-26-13)

10/25/2013 10:21 PM

10/26/2013 12:39 AM

Topic is mental illness

National Alliance of Mental Illness of Merced County presents “Community Dialogue” to discuss mental illness in our communities. It will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Hoffmeister Center, 1920 Canal St. in Merced. There is no cost to attend.

Habitat potluck

The 2013 Habitat for Humanity dinner meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. today at St. Paul Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 2916 N. McKee Road. People who last names begin with A-G bring a dessert, H-N a main dish, and P-Z a salad or side dish. Call (209) 726-0850.

Fall concert Nov. 2

The Merced Symphony fall concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St. It will feature a former Youth Audition winner, Tara Kamangar, who has gone on to worldwide acclaim as a pianist. She will perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the orchestra. The Merced Symphony will complete the program with Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6. Tickets are available at the Merced Theatre office or online at

Aglow speaker

The Merced Saturday Aglow will have Elaine Gale, director of Healing Rooms in Merced, for its meeting at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 at Christian Life Center, 650 E. Olive Ave.

Benefit banquet

Alpha Pregnancy Help Center will hold its annual fall benefit banquet at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Merced County Fairgrounds pavilion. The guest speaker will be Abby Johnson, a frequent guest on Fox News and the author of the best-selling book, “Unplanned.” Call (209) 383-4700 or visit

Rummage sale

Livingston United Methodist Church will have its annual winter rummage sale starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 2 at the church’s Pioneer Hall. The sale will feature holiday decorations and winter clothes, including coats and jackets. Call (209) 394-2264.

Adopt for free

The Merced SPCA will hold its first “Free Over Three” adoption event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at the center, 1021 E. Childs Ave. Any pet older than 3 years can be adopted free after approval and a home visit. You must be a resident of Merced County. Call (209) 384-7722 or (209) 723-8953.

“Pinocchio” and “Alice”

Golden Valley High School presents “Pinocchio” and “Alice in Wonderland” from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Golden Valley High School Theater.

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