Members of the Merced, Atwater and Mariposa area chapters of Beta Sigma Phi will honor their respective Chapter Sweethearts at the 66th annual “Sweetheart Gala.” The gala will be held Saturday at the Merced Golf and Country Club. Cocktail hour is at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 and dancing afterward. Tickets are $38. For more information, call Ruth at (209) 723-1169.
‘Love Letters’ onstage
Playhouse Merced is presenting the renowned play “Love Letters” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring David and Holly Zacharias. The $25 charge includes dessert and champagne or cider. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, 452 W. Main St., or by calling (209) 725-8587.
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Valentine’s Day dance
Club Mercedes is having its “Nothin’ But Love” Valentine’s Day dance at 6 p.m. Saturday at 569 W. 9th St., Merced. Live music by Force ’Em from 8 to 11 p.m. Price is $10 per person. No-host beverage and dinner bar available at an extra cost. Must be 21 and older to attend. For tickets or information, call (209) 383-9906 after 4 p.m. Club Mercedes is a nonprofit organization. Proceeds will benefit a scholarships program.
Volunteers sought as literacy tutors
Volunteer literacy tutors are sought to help adults at Merced County libraries. Call the Read and Succeed-Merced Adult Literacy Program at (209) 385-7391 to reserve your space at an informational orientation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 3 at the Merced County Library, 2100 O St., or from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 18 at the Los Banos Library, 1312 Seventh St. Participants must be 18 or older and have a high school diploma or GED. Reservation required.
Livingston High reunion
Livingston High School Class of 1969 members are looking for classmates to attend the 46th class reunion on April 18. If you are a member of the Class of 1969, or know the whereabouts of a classmate, email contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Janice (Wells Alvernaz) Purganan at (209) 394-2468.
Merced High School will host an orientation for incoming ninth-graders at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the gym. All incoming freshmen should attend to hear about transitioning to high school. Coaches, teachers, club advisers and counselors will be on hand to answer questions. This is the first opportunity to turn in course requests and registration forms. For more information, call (209) 385-6495.
The Native Daughters of the Golden West are holding an essay contest for children in grades 4 through 8. The topic is “Wonders of California.” The essay may be any subject relating to the state’s past, present or even a personal journey. Essays must be 250 to 500 words and original work. Poems are not accepted. Name, address, school, grade level and phone number should be written on the back of the essay. Deadline is March 1. Winners will be given their awards in May. For more information, call (209) 261-0720.
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