International Day of Prayer is FridayThere will be a prayer vigil from noon to 12:30 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church, 899 Yosemite Park Way. People of all faiths are invited.
Challenged Family Center car showThe Challenged Family Resource Center will host its second annual car show from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Merced Courthouse Park.
Merced College turns 50 this yearMerced College is turning 50 this year and will celebrate with three events planned for the spring of 2013. For more information on all the events that are planned call (209) 381-6470 or go to http://tickets.mercedtheatre.org.
Mariposa Blazin' Hog BBQ competitionMARIPOSA -- The sixth annual Blazin' Hog BBQ Competition will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mariposa Fairgrounds. There will be Zydeco bands, including the Bluesbox Bayou Band, and Mark St. Mary and His Louisiana Band. All proceeds will benefit the John C. Fremont Hospital. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 if purchased in advance, $10 for seniors and $5 ages for ages 5 to 17. Call (209) 966-3631, ext. 247, or go to www.blazinhog.com.
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Merced County Mental Health Board meetingLOS BANOS -- The Merced County Mental Health Board will meet at 2 p.m. on Oct. 2 at 40 G St., Suites A-E.
Jazz Under the StarsATWATER -- Atwater-Merced Alumnae Chapter presents Jazz Under The Stars from 6 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 6, at 877 W. Fruitland Ave. Tickets are $25 each, or sponsor a VIP table for $1,000 and get personal service, fine dining, your name on table, sponsor recognition and eight tickets. Proceeds will support scholarships and other public service projects. Music by Just Friends: Rudy Merino, Eddie Synegal and Gloria Coronas. Call (209) 358-3636.
Merced Saturday Aglow LighthouseMerced Saturday Aglow Lighthouse will meet at 11 a.m. Oct. 6 at the Calvary Temple Pentecostal, 2740 N. Highway 59. The speakers will be The Yosemite Gateway Area Team: Marji Peterson, Irva Keith, Linda Bombard and Fran Schnieder.
Track and field campThe city of Merced Office of Recreation and the Central Valley Sports Academy will hold a free Track and Field Sports Camp from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Fahrens Park at R and Buena Vista streets. The camp is for youngsters in grades K-12 and will teach distance running, discus and shot put. Call (209) 385-6232 or go to www.cityofmerced.org for details.
Support group helps with mental healthMerced County National Alliance on Mental Illness holds bi-weekly support groups for families affected by serious mental illness. For more information on NAMI, call (209) 381-6844 and a volunteer will contact you within 48 hours.
Spot Light Club meetsThe Spot Light Club is a group of women who help other women's businesses grow. They meet at noon every Tuesday at Di Ciccos, 3360 N. Highway 59, for lunch and a meeting. For more information on this group call (209) 723-4337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.