Challenged Family Resource Center is having a free play group 11 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at the parent Education Center, 827 W. 23rd St., in Merced for typically developing children and nontypically developing children up to 5 years old. For more, stop by or call 209-384-0119.
The Festival of Dance continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Merced College Theater, 3600 M St. The show features Denisa’s School of Dance. Tickets are $10 general, $8 for youths, students, seniors and military personnel. For more, call 209-381-6470.
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Merced Irrigation District’s Lights on the Lake display is set for dusk or about 9 p.m. Saturday at Lake McClure, and the spots for watching at McClure Point will open to the public at 5 p.m. The cost is $20 per vehicle to enter Lake McClure through the kiosk at 9090 Lake McClure Road in Snelling. For more information, go to lakemcclure.com or McClureFireworks.com, or call 209-354-2954.
Merced Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals scheduled a cat and kitten adoption event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 1230 Commerce Ave. in Atwater. Because of a heavy kitten season this year, the SPCA is offering kittens for $30, which includes spay/neuter, micro-chipping and all their first round of vaccinations. Cash only. For more, call 209-384-7722.
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The Merced Sun-Star is now accepting nominations for its second annual Excellence in Business awards. Nominate your candidates for being “Excellent in Business” at mercedsunstar.com/nomination. To nominate a business or person for the Hall of Fame award, go to mercedsunstar.com/nomination. For a physical copy of the nomination form, or any questions about this event, contact Deanna Whitmore at 209-578-2209 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit nominations is July 14.
The next Merced County Behavioral Health Board meeting is 3-5 p.m. July 5 at the county building, 1137 B St., which is open to the public. For more, call 209-381-6805.
The Merced Parks and Recreation Department plans a showing of “Hotel Transylvania 2” at dusk on July 8 at Rahilly Park, 3400 Parsons Ave. The event is free. Staffers recommend viewers bring chairs, a blanket or something else to sit on. For more, call 209-385-6232.
The Merced College committee overseeing the search for its next college president plans public input meetings throughout July. The first one is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 12 at Le Grand High School, 12961 E. Le Grand Road in Le Grand. The full schedule is available at mccd.edu/offices/hr/jobs/president-search/community-involvement/forums.html.
The Merced Parks and Recreation Department offers a Hunter Safety and Range Instruction class July 16 and 17 at the Senior Community Center, 755 W. 15th St. It’s $15 per person, and registration is required at wildlife.ca.gov. For more information, call the office at 209-385-6235, visit cityofmerced.org, find the office on Facebook or stop by at 678 W. 18th St.
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