Around Town (03/31/14)

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MC exhibit opens today

Merced Art Gallery will present the “Building Steam” printmaking exhibition by Martin Azevedo from today to April 17, with a reception at 6 p.m. on April  2 at 3600 M St. in the College Art Gallery Theater Building. Regular gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12 to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday or by appointment. Call (209) 384-6064 or email

Scholarships available

Central Valley Opportunity Center has six scholarships of $1,500 each to award to high school students in Madera, Merced and Stanislaus counties this year. Each will be awarded on a competitive basis. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and plan to attend a post-secondary educational institution in the fall. Applications are available at all high schools in the three counties. Students should contact their school counselor or Alicia Chavez at or (209) 357-0062, ext. 123. Deadline is April 4.

Fall prevention health fair

The Merced County Area on Aging and Regenerations Wellness will host “Keep Your Balance” Fall Prevention Health Fair from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on April 16 at 851 23 St. This is a free event and will also talk on medication management, vision, home safety and more. Call (209) 827-1960 for more information.

Hinds Hospice seeks volunteers

Hinds Hospice is looking for volunteers to provide companionship to terminally ill patients and give their caregivers a break. You must be at least 18 years old and take a 24-hour training course. Classes will start at 9:30 a.m. April 24 at 410 W. Main St. Call (209) 383-3123 or email for more information.

Kiddieland is open

Kiddieland is open on weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. from late March through October. It can be reserved for birthday parties from 10 a.m. to noon on weekends. Call (209) 385-6232 for more information.

Rescue Mission needs washers

The Merced County Rescue Mission does multiple loads of laundry each day and is in need of additional new or used washers and dryers. Items can be dropped off at 1921 Canal St., or call (209) 658-9558 to schedule a pick up.

VFW accepts tattered flags

The Atwater VFW post accepts soiled or tattered flags for proper disposal at 1390 Broadway. The VFW also provides free wheelchairs and walkers to veterans in need. The group holds a hamburger night Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Call (209) 358-7224 for more information.

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