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01/03/2014 6:08 PM

01/03/2014 10:58 PM

Pro-Life Conference

Merced County United for Life will hold its annual Pro-Life Conference from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Creekside Evangelical Free Church, 2876 G St. Keynote speaker Josh Brahm will be joined by Bella and Angelica Ayala, who founded Buhach Colony High School’s Defenders for Life club. For more information, visit

Scholarships available

Bloss Scholarship applications are available to seniors and graduates of the Merced Union High School District who plan to attend an accredited California college or vocational school. Applicants must have graduated from MUHSD in June 1973 or after. Applications are available at the high schools or at Click on Departments, then College and Scholarship Info. Completed applications and official transcripts are due by March 18. For more information, contact college and scholarship counselor Gena Lanz at

Merced Women’s Club

Merced Women’s Club will have its monthly meeting and luncheon Tuesday at 707 W. 22nd St. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for socializing. Cost is $8. Call (209) 384-5880 for reservations. This month’s speaker is Sarah Lim, director of the Courthouse Historical Museum.

Neuropathy support group

The Merced Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Hoffmeiser Center, 1920 Canal St., Merced. There will be an open forum discussion, with informational handouts. For more information, call Larry Frice at (209) 358-2045.

Phones sought for seniors

The Merced County Area Agency on Aging is requesting donations of cellphones for distribution to seniors age 60 and older in the county. They will be able to call only 911 with these phones. They should have a charger and a battery that will hold a charge. Call (209) 385-7550.

Vietnam Veterans welcome

The area Vietnam Veterans of America chapter 0691 welcomes new members. A person must have served during the Vietnam War era. For more information, call (209) 381-0451 or visit 450 W. 21st St., Merced.

Support for mental illness

Merced County’s branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness holds biweekly support groups for families affected by serious mental illness. For more information, call (209) 381-6844 and a volunteer will contact you within 48 hours.

Legal services available

Central California Legal Services offers no-cost legal advice and representation to eligible individuals regarding tenant rights, homelessness, Social Security and SSI disability claims, CalWORKs, Medi-Cal, unemployment and CalFresh (food stamps). Call (209) 723-5466 for information, or go to 1640 N St., suite 200.

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