Are you looking to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for the LGBTQ-plus community and have some extra time on your hands? The Merced LGBT Community Center is looking for volunteers. Pick up an application and return it to the center, 1744 G St., Suite H. For more information, call 209-626-5551.
The La Grange Odd Fellows of Lafayette Lodge 65 plans a second crafts fair, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the IOOF Hall, 30018 Yosemite Blvd. in La Grange. Local art, jewelry, sewn creations and other goodies will be showcased. Admission is free. For more information, call Patty at 209-604-4444 or Amanda at 209-988-0934.
The San Joaquin Valley Soccer Academy holds boys tryouts starting Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Players should arrive early to fill out a waiver and have proper gear. For more information, call 209-724-0850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tryouts will run Monday through Wednesday and July 25, 26 and 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at McNamara Park, 1040 Canal St.
Vacation Bible School from the Joy of Harvest Hmong Outreach Ministries and Children’s Outreach Ministries will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. July 25-29 in Applegate Park, 1045 W. 25th St., near the outdoor stage. “Who is God?” is the theme of the free event aimed at children in first through sixth grades. Younger children are welcome if accompanied by their parents. For more information, call 209-769-1884 or 651-216-8457.
Central California Legal Services staff would like to remind Merced County residents of the different services and legal advice provided: tenant rights and homeless issues; Social Security and SSI disability cases; senior citizen legal issues; public benefit issues such as food stamps, CalWORKs, unemployment, Medi-Cal and health care concerns; and other civil law matters. The services are available to eligible low-income people at no cost. For more information or a free consultation, visit the CCLS office at 1640 N St., Suite 200, Merced, or call 800-675-8001.
ESL for adults
Merced College is offering free English as a second language classes for adults in three locations within the district. Beginning and intermediate level classes will continue through July 28 and students may register anytime in class. Merced College’s Business Resource Center, 630 W. 19th St., offers classes from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays; free parking available. Classes are also from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday through Thursday in Building A, Room 105, at the Los Banos Campus, 22240 Highway 152; parking permit required. The Chowchilla Alternative Education Center, 445 Trinity Ave., has classes from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday through Thursday. For more information, call 209-381-6542.
The Merced Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group’s next meeting is 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Hoffmeister Center, 1920 Canal St. There is no meeting in July or August. For more information, call Bill Cavner at 209-723-9405 or Larry Frice at 209-358-2045.
The Atwater High School Class of 1966 is celebrating its 50-year reunion Sept 24 at the Gateway Gardens, 560 W. 18th St. in Merced. It is a multiyear affair that includes the classes of 1965, 1967, 1968 and 1969. If you have not received your invitation or want more information, call John Rasmussen at 209-357-2567 or email at email@example.com.
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