Center accepting groups
Merced is looking for groups to operate the McNamara Park Community Center and provide youth programming and other activities. Groups can use the building at no cost; the city will pay for utilities. In order to qualify, applicants must have 501(c)(3) status, be able to provide $1 million in insurance and have been in existence for at least 6 months. A joint application by two or more groups is acceptable. The deadline for applications is noon, July 31. For more information, visit www.cityofmerced.org or the Parks and Recreation Department office on the first floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.
Get deal on cat adoption
In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, all adult cats are $50 through the end of June at the Merced SPCA. For more information, call (209) 384-7722 or visit the Merced facility at 1021 E. Childs Ave.
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The Horatio Alger Cortopassi Family Foundation is offering vocational scholarships for community college students. Students can receive $2,500 per semester, up to a maximum of $10,000. Applicants must live in Merced, Stanislaus, Madera or San Joaquin counties; be no older than 25; demonstrate financial need with a financial aid award letter; and be a high school graduate or have a GED equivalent. For more information and to apply online, visit www.horatioalger.org/scholarships/certificateprogram.
Yosemite celebrates 150th
Yosemite National Park will hold several events on Monday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Yosemite Grant Act. The major events of the day are the 10 a.m. ceremony in the Mariposa Grove and the 3 p.m. Parks Heritage Program in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. Both are public and no tickets are required, according to the National Park Service.
Artist hosts demonstration
Arbor Gallery will be hosting its fourth free art demonstration of the year from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The featured artist will be Jackie Anderson, a local artist and member of the Arbor Gallery. Anderson uses a variety of art media to create her paintings, and she will be demonstrating how she uses alcohol-based inks to create her vibrantly colored artworks. The Arbor Gallery is inside the Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St. For more information, call (209) 384-8338.