Merced College Retired Women luncheon
Merced College Retired Women will meet for its monthly no-host luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at La Hacienda 2, 3355 G St. Merced.
Veterans Day Parade
The annual Merced Veterans Day Parade begins with a ceremony at noon Friday in Bob Hart Square at Canal and Main streets. The parade is set to follow at 1 p.m. on Main Street. For more, call the Merced County Veterans Services Office at 209-385-7588, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the office at 3376 N. Highway 59, Suite D, Merced.
‘Man Can Cook’ competition
This Ain’t Your Mama’s Church is sponsoring “Man Can Cook” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church, 1405 W. Main St., Merced. The community is invited to taste dishes entered in the competition. Donations will be accepted at the door. The event includes a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will be donated to “Treasure Our Troops” to help send care packages to deployed troops. Each contestant will bring a homemade dish to be evaluated by a three-judge panel. Contestants can sign up in the church’s lobby or by calling 209-726-6123.
Merced College First Responders and Veterans Day event
Merced College will present its first First Responders and Veterans Day event for the Blue Devils’ football game against Cabrillo College at 1 p.m. Saturday . Show a badge and get in free!
Odd Fellows breakfast
The Odd Fellows of LaFayette Historical Lodge 65 will host its monthly breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday. The menu includes biscuits and gravy, sausage, ham and cheese omelets, and French toast. Complimentary coffee and orange juice will be served. The cost is $6 for ages 12 and up, $3 for ages 7-12, and free for children 6 and under. The IOOF Hall, a vintage 1881 building on the National Register of Historic Places, is the scene of many community events. The address is 30018 Yosemite Blvd. (Highway 132), just east of the intersection of J-59. For more information, call Chris at 209-853-2128.
Thanksgiving Dinner in Livingston
Livingston United Methodist Church is having its annual Thanksgiving Dinner at noon Nov. 20 at the church, 11695 Olive Ave., Livingston. Everyone is welcome. There is no cost, but a donation basket will be available. For more information, call the church office at 209-394-2264.
Atwater Christmas Parade
Atwater’s annual Christmas Parade is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 2 beginning in downtown Atwater and concluding with a visit from Santa at the Bloss House at Broadway and First Street in Atwater. Parade entries are $35 and applications are available at www.atwaterchamberofcommerce.com or at BBVA Compass Bank, 1329 Broadway, Atwater. For more information, call the Atwater Chamber of Commerce at 209-358-4251 or email email@example.com.
14th annual Christmas Craft Fair
More than 40 vendors will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 for the 14th annual Christmas Craft Fair at the Hoffmeister Center, 1920 Canal St., Merced. Enjoy free hot cider while you shop. The craft fair includes a raffle and lunch for sale. Admission is free. Stop by on your way to the Downtown Christmas Parade.
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