Fireworks will fly over Lake McClure in celebration of America’s independence July 2, according to Merced Irrigation District officials. The “Lights on the Lake” display is set for dusk or around 9 p.m., and the spots for watching at McClure Point will open to the public at 5 p.m.
Organizers of the Merced Downtown Street Faire kicked off its first showing Thursday, and there’s 10 more weeks of it to come. The Street Faire offered food, games, retail shopping and live music. Organizers have plans for themed nights, such as pirate, Western and dance. It’s set from 5 to 10 p.m. every Thursday through Sept. 1 on Main Street, between K and M streets.
The Merced County Arts Council is readying to host All-Night Odyssey in which readers will read “The Odyssey” all the way through in a single night. It begins at 6 p.m. July 1 and ends at 8 a.m. the next day at the Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St.
Jury deliberation begins Thursday for the Livingston police officer who prosecutors accused of being a “rogue cop” and “bully” while using too much force against a man who claims to have once dated the officer’s wife. The prosecuting and defense attorneys gave their closing statements Wednesday in Merced Superior Court for the criminal case for Livingston Officer Tyson Perry, 38, who faces felony charges of battery with serious bodily injury and assault by a peace officer in connection with a 2012 incident.
Forecasters say this week is shaping up to be one of the hottest of the year so far in Merced. Merced-area residents can expect several consecutive days of triple-digit heat, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford.