Merced Reading Society will meet at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble, 1720 W. Olive Ave. The group reads classics, near-classics, books of depth and worth, both old and new. Join for an interesting and fun discussion. For information, call Marilyn at (209) 725-1868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An area optometrist is asking for eyeglass donations. Neil Nebeker and his wife, Leslie, will be traveling to Mexicali, Mexico, with the Groveland Rotary Club as part of an outreach medical clinic. They would like to collect 1,000 pairs of used eyeglasses, which will be analyzed and cataloged for distribution. Glasses should be in good condition without deep scratches, broken frames or missing lenses. They can be donated at Nebeker’s at Advanced Healthcare, 197 W. El Portal Drive, Suite A, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (209) 384-2110.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Arts UC Merced presents Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 2014 Grammy Award Winner, 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre. Tickets are $15 to $25. For more information, visit arts.ucmerced.edu or call (209) 381-0500.
Softball league rosters
The Livingston Recreation Department is accepting rosters for the Adult Coed Spring Softball League. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. Roster packets are available at City Hall, 1416 C St. For information, contact the Recreation Department at (209) 394-8830 or go to www.livingstoncity.com.
Love in the Name of Christ annual dinner-auction fundraiser will be at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Gateway Community Church, 353 E. Donna Drive. Tickets are $20 each or $150 for a table of eight. There will be a live auction, silent auction, dessert auction, gift raffle and 50-50 cash raffle. Tickets are available at Hoffmeister Center, 1920 Canal St., Hope Christian Stores, 3144 G St., Suite 145, online at loveinmerced.com, or call Love INC at (209) 383-7034, ext. 120.
Travel club trips
Big Valley Travel Club is offering many new trips this year starting on Sunday. For more information about trips and costs, go to BVTravelclub@charter.net.
Day of Prayers
Church Women United will have its annual World Day of Prayers from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday at the First Church of Christ Holiness USA, 509 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. “Streams in the Desert” is the theme. Volunteers will present the program, featuring the country of Egypt. Light refreshments will be available. All women are invited to attend. Call (209) 722-61001 for more info. An offering will be taken.