Around Town: Soldiers to discuss military funeral honors in Merced

07/13/2014 4:59 PM

07/13/2014 5:01 PM

Soldiers to discuss military funeral honors

The Hampshire independent senior living community will host soldiers from the California Veteran Honors Program at 11:30 a.m. July 18 to discuss military funeral honors. The Hampshire is located at 3460 R St. in Merced. The purpose of the event is to formally educate the public, funeral providers and veterans organizations on military funeral honors benefits, entitlements, regulations and protocol. For more information, contact Sgt. Mauricio Ceja at (209) 518-8196 or

Livingston church hosts vacation Bible school

Livingston vacation Bible school is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to noon July 21 through July 25 for kindergarten through 6th grade at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1505 E Street in Livingston. Come and enjoy a week full of games, stories, crafts and foods. For more information, call (209) 395-7613.

Food donations welcome at Grocery Outlet drive

Merced Grocery Outlet, 1125 W. Main St., is holding its third annual Independence from Hunger food drive. The store is encouraging customers to donate food and cash to support Merced Catholic Charities’ anti-poverty campaign. Participants can look for specially marked foods that Catholic Charities has identified as needed by local families. The items can be purchased and put in a collection bin at the front of the store. Customers can also make a cash donation at the register. All money raised will go directly to Catholic Charities. For more information, visit

Vocational scholarships available to students

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. For more information and to apply online, go to

New Beginnings needs volunteers for shelter

New Beginnings for Merced County Animals is a nonprofit dedicated to saving shelter animals and finding them new homes. The group needs volunteers, especially those who can care for kittens or dogs and their puppies for a short time. Help with photographing shelter animals is needed, as are people who can transport them to rescue organizations, for which no personal vehicles are needed. Call (209) 769-2122.

Native Daughters lunch will benefit mission

Native Daughters of the Golden West, Veritas Parlor No. 75, will have a Mission Restoration Luncheon from 11 a.m to 1:30 p.m. July 19 at the United Methodist Church of Merced, 899 Yosemite Parkway. Cost is $15 per person. Proceeds will benefit one of California’s missions, La Purísima Concepción. For reservations or more information, call Marla Weathers at (209) 724-9617.

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