Arts & Spirits
The Merced County Arts Council and Arbor Gallery plans Art & Spirits on the third Friday of each month. The next evening of wine and painting is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 17. Artist Rose Tripp will instruct; refreshments and supplies are included in the $35 charge. Space is limited. Call the Multicultural Arts Center at 209-388-1090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free art classes for children ages 3 to 5 are planned at the Epekel Art Gallery, 1733 Canal St. in Merced. They are 5-7 p.m. Fridays, June 17 and 24. To register for the limited seats, call Kimberly Zamora at 209-658-0661 or email email@example.com.
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The Festival of Dance continues at 7 p.m. Friday, June 17, at Merced College Theater, 3600 M St. The show features South Pacific Dance Company and Belly Dance Magique, and several more shows are planned. Tickets are $10 general, $8 for youths, students, seniors and military personnel. For more, call 209-381-6470.
Mariposa Art Company will host a free Guerilla Gardening Flower Bomb workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 17, at 658 W. 20th St. in Merced. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mariposaartcompany.com. Seating is limited. The workshop is for all ages.
Merced Shakes has set auditions for its 2016 summer play, the comedy “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St. in Merced. At least 18 actors and actresses are needed. There will be cold reading of scenes; a prepared Shakespearean monologue is welcome, but not mandatory. Performances will be outdoors in September. For more, call 209-723-3265 or go to www.mercedshakespearefest.org.
Sierra Tel presents 2016 Sounds of Solstice Music Festival set to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Oakhurst Community Park in Oakhurst. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the concert continues through 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst. For more, got to www.soundsofsolstice.com.
Movie in the park
The Merced Parks and Recreation Department will show “Goosebumps” at dusk on Friday, June 24, at McNamara Park, 1040 Canal St. The event is free and open to the public. Staffers recommend viewers bring chairs, a blanket or something else to sit on. For more, call 209-385-6232.
Sierra Artists’ Gallery of Mariposa is calling on photographers from the Central Valley and Sierras to submit work to the Photography Fest and Sale. Entries are due by July 9 for the show that runs July 11-24. For a prospectus and application, visit the gallery in Mariposa at Highway 140 and Sixth Street or the website at www.sierraartistsgallery.com. For more, call 209-966-2284.