Sheriff candidate benefit
A dinner to support Frank Swiggart for Merced County sheriff-coroner will be held Thursday. A no-host cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The meal includes chicken with pasta prepared by Mike Salvadori and crew. The dinner will be held at the Italo-American Lodge, 1351 W. 18th St. Tickets can be purchased at www.swiggartforsheriff.com/feb6dinner or by calling (209) 336-6211. Tickets are $25 each or $500 for a table of 10.
Eat Dessert First fundraiser
Chocolate-dipped strawberries are just one of the special treats that will be available at Eat Dessert First, 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 9. It will be held at Wesley Hall at the Merced United Methodist Church, 899 Yosemite Parkway. This is a fundraiser for Wesley Foundation Merced UC Merced Campus Ministry. Tickets are $12 at the door.
Odd Fellows breakfast
Church ‘Snack and Play’ event
The second annual Merced pancake breakfast fundraiser will be held 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 15. Menu items are heart-shaped pancakes, ham, scrambled eggs, coffee, orange juice and milk. Bring friends, family and sweethearts to this fun Valentine setting. Serving begins at 8:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 500 Buena Vista Drive. Tickets are $7.50 each. All proceeds will support the senior nutrition program, Living Well Café and Meals on Wheels. For more information, call Francine at (209) 761-9107.
Rose care workshop
A rose care workshop presented by the Merced County Master Gardeners will be held 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at Applegate Park Rose Garden, near M Street between West 26th Street and Bear Creek Drive. Meet at the fountain. Participants will learn how to prune, fertilize and control pests on rose plants. It is a “hands on” workshop. For more information, contact the UC Cooperative Extension office at (209) 385-7403.