Merced Shakespearefest will hold auditions for its 13th season’s summer play, “Cymbeline,” noon Saturday at Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. More than 15 performers are needed as well as musicians. Be prepared to cold-read from text and perhaps sing some bars of a song. For more information, call (209) 723-3265 or go to www.mercedshakespearefest.org.
Merco half marathon
More than 300 athletes from across the country are expected to participate in the Merco Credit Union Half Marathon on Sunday. The race will kick off at 7 a.m. at UC Mercedand end by noon, giving runners a five-hour limit to finish. Athletes will run through countryside on Bellevue Road, along M Street past Merced College, along the Black Rascal bike path to Rahilly Park, then return to UC Merced along the Lake Road bike path. For more information, visit www.runningmerced.com.
‘Noises Off’ at Playhouse Merced
Playhouse Merced presents the Michael Frayn comedy “Noises Off” through June 15. Director is Dusty Guthier. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Playhouse Merced is at 452 W. Main St. in downtown Merced. For more information, visit www.playhousemerced.com or call (209) 725-8587.
Kiddieland is open
Kiddieland is open weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. through October. Kiddieland can be reserved for birthday parties from 10 a.m. to noon on weekends. Call (209) 385-6232 for more information.
Bellevue Corridor meeting
The Bellevue Corridor Community Plan Ad-Hoc Citizens Advisory Committee meeting will be 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Sam Pipes Room of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. For details, contact Bill King at (209) 385-6858 or at email@example.com.
Hip Hop Academy
Fluetsch and Busby Insurance present the Atwater High School Hip Hop Academy for children the second Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St. Admission is $3 for children with accompanying adults or a $10 admission cap per family.
Salsa at the Lake
The Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will present the Salsa at the Lake Festival from noon to 5 p.m. June 15 at Lake Yosemite Rotary Cove, 5714 Lake Road. This Father’s Day event includes salsa dancing, vendors, kids corner, a car show, mariachi band and beer garden. Free and open to the public. Call (209) 384-9537 for details.
The Merced-Mariposa Shrine Club will hold its annual breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon June 14 at the Atwater Veterans Park at Buhach and Bellevue roads. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 7 to 12, free for children 6 and younger. Breakfast includes steak, scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits, juice, coffee and fizzes. Silent auction and opportunity drawing. Call (209) 358-2769 for details.
Sailing club shrimp feed
The Lake Yosemite Sailing Club will host its annual all-you-can-eat shrimp feed and open house from 2 to 9 p.m. June 21 at the Lake Yosemite clubhouse. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12 years old. The meal is shrimp, pasta, salad, bread and nonalcoholic beverages. There will be sailboat rides, a raffle, dessert auction, bounce house and dancing under the stars. Call (209) 485-4961, (209) 201-1143 or (559) 776-9467 for tickets or more information.
Live gospel music
Julie Eichelberger will present “Julie-N-Friends,” an evening of gospel music, at 6 p.m. June 29 at the Christian Life Center, 650 E. Olive Ave. Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be taken. The Regents Quarter, Lisa Daggs, Jennifer Whitlock, Erin Cordova, Bridge of Grace and the One Accord Quarter and Peggy Huie also will perform. Call (559) 304-1102 for more information.
Arts center summer classes
The Multicultural Art Center will offer many summer classes on the third floor of 645 W. Main St. Call (209) 388-1090 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, tuition and a list of the classes.