4 RIBBON CUTTINGS! THIS WEEK! Alpha Pregnancy Help Center 700 Loughborough Drive, Suite A, MercedTuesday, March 20th, **5:30pm** Please bring a friend and join Alpha Pregnancy Help Center celebrate our new location. If you have not been able to take a tour of the new facility this is your chance! NEXT WEEK! Fresno Pacific University - Merced Center3379 G Street, Bldg. P, MercedTuesday, March 27th, **9am**
Aire Serve of Greater Merced(Blaine Heating & A/C Inc.)196 Riggs Ave., MercedWednesday, March 28, **5:30pm**
APRIL! ANC - Customs1640 'N' Street, Suite 120, Merced (Chamber office)Wednesday, April 11th, **5:30-7pm** Come out and help us welcome these new Chamber members.
ANNIVERSARY PARTY! NEXT WEEK! Brenda Athletic Club 3360 N. Hwy 59 #A, MercedTuesday, March 27th, **5:30pm - 7:30pm**
~~~ APRIL! Chamber Business ConnectorThursday, April 19th, 5:30pm-7:30pm atReal Goods Solar, (Chamber office) 1640 'N' Street, Suite 120, Merced. Come out and mingle with Chamber members and enjoy networking at it's best! They are here! Get your 2012 State and Federal Employer Notice Posters!$35.00 for laminated and $25.00 for non-laminated. English and Spanish versions available.Call the Chamber at 209-384-7092Value To Chamber Membership Offers! Chamber Publication Advertising:Have you reserved your spot? The Chamber launches our new publication "Gateway" in mid January. This is a top notch publication - full color, 20 pages of informative information and beautiful ads. Don't miss this opportunity to have your business in this publication! 5000 copies to be printed and distributed around top local Merced locations. For rates and more information call Jennifer at the Chamber 384-7092 Chamber Maps:Did you know....The Chamber distributes 10,000 maps per year What a better way to generate recognition and revenue for your business than to be seen by thousands of visitors, potential students, and even locals? Contact the Chamber at 384-7092 if you're interested in getting information on pricing and distribution of our maps. Member to Member Discounts:Keep Mercedians shopping local! Offer a Chamber Member discount to be displayed on our website. Also... as an added benefit we will weekly showcase a Member to Member discount on our weekly update. What a great way to advertise your business and offer a discount to locals and it is FREE! For more information please call the Chamber at 384-7092
Community News.... Family seeks help for Merced boy with bone marrow conditionArticle from Merced Sun-Star newspaper - March 9, 2012 By YESENIA AMARO - firstname.lastname@example.org By YESENIA AMARO Merced Sun-StarNathaniel Mariano wants to be a famous rapper one day -- but he needs a lot of help from others to make that possible. The 9-year-old suffers from severe aplastic anemia, a bone marrow disease that prevents him from making his own blood, his mother Eva Cortinas said. Cyclosporine, the only medication to treat his disease, stopped working for him, and he suffered kidney failure. Now his family is holding a blood and bone marrow drive, asking people to come out and help Nathaniel. "It's extremely important," Cortinas said. "It's to save his life and if they can't donate or are not able to, just pray because I just can't lose my son." If a bone marrow match is found for Nathaniel, he can be cured. The drive will take place on March 30 from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at BloodSource, 382 E. Yosemite Ave. People will be asked to place a swab in their mouth to collect saliva to help find a bone marrow match. Nathaniel's bone marrow has completely shut down. "It's just not running anymore," his father, Nicholas Cortinas said. Nathaniel was a healthy boy for the first eight years of his life. It wasn't until last year that his mother noticed bruises all over his legs. He was later rushed to Children's Hospital Central California in Madera, where he was diagnosed with the disease. Around that time, there were only four other children at the hospital with the same ailment. "It's a very rare condition," his mother said. About three out of every 1 million people in the United States will get aplastic anemia each year, according to the National Marrow Donor Program's website. Nathaniel has been home-schooled since he was diagnosed, and sometimes needs to be taken to the hospital up to three times a week, Eva said. "He's not allowed to be out in public," his mother said. Nathaniel is on IV fluids for 14½ hours every day to keep his kidneys flushed. Despite the health problems, he maintains a positive attitude. "God has a secret surprise for us," he told his mother as she started to cry. "I know I'm going to get better." His mother has submitted a request to the Make a Wish Foundation -- Nathaniel wants to meet rapper Eminem. He likes to rap. "I express my feelings," he said. "I want people to know how I feel inside -- what I'm going through." And he also likes to tweet -- @nathaniel5150. "I'll tweet about what's going on with my life," he said. His mother called him a "character" as she gave him a kiss. "He blows our mind," she said. ~~~~ The Merced Theatre restoration has been completed and it looks fantastic
During the next few weeks, two different musical groups will be rehearsing for the Grand Reopening Celebration on April 21st that we call "Encore!" It will be a Gala that will be long remembered. Please visit our web site at www.mercedtheatre.org to review more detail.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on March 10th. As a supporter of the Theatre, you can purchase your tickets now. When you go to our web site, navigate to tickets - or, if you prefer, follow this link: http://tickets.mercedtheatre.org/
To buy your tickets before the general public, you will need to enter a password. Please use: FUNnight as your password. (FUN all in caps and night all lower case.) Or, if you prefer you can call the box office at (209) 381-0100. You can elect to print your tickets at home, or pick them up at the box office.
See you at the GALA! ~~~~ United Way of Merced County helped Merced County residents save more than $130,000 on prescriptions in 2011 through a partnership with FamilyWize 41 percent of adults say it's a problem for their family to pay for prescription medications. FamilyWize was the first organization to offer prescription discount cards for free to everyone, locally and nationwide, struggling with the high cost of medicine. Since its founding in 2005, the organization has worked with almost 1,000 local United Ways across the country to help more than 3.4 million people save over $300 million on their prescriptions. To get your FamilyWize discount card, call United Way at 209-383-4242 or stop by the office at 658 W, Main Street, Merced. You can also visit www.unitedwaymerced.org or www.familywize.org to print a card you can use immediately. A list of participating pharmacies and discounts on specific drugs is available on the FamilyWize website, www.familywize.org. How does it work?The FamilyWize card is easy to get and easy to use. Everyone can get a card - no application is necessary, and you don't have to qualify for a card. To use it, just take it to almost any pharmacy, including all major chains, and the pharmacist will automatically apply the discount. The fact that FamilyWize helps over 2 million people a year gives FamilyWize the buying power to negotiate lower prices on medicine, similar to those large insurance companies receive from pharmacies.
Merced Theatre Grand Re-Opening Gala April 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm Elegant hors d'oeuvres with a Spanish flair, Full cocktail bar, Strolling mariachi band Reserved seating for an evening of entertainment. The Preservation Big Band will open the evening's entertainment. The Merced Symphony will take the stage, along with renowned Pianist Tara Kamangar. Desserts and coffee alfresco following the performance with more musical entertainment outside Tickets $125 - $200Be a Producer Sponsor for $5,000 and receive added benefitsBe a Director Sponsor for $1,000 and receive added benefits Call the box office at 209-722-3266 or www.mercedtheatre.org ~~~~ Mission Gardens Open House Open House Thursday March 29th, 2012 4pm-6pm. Mission Gardens is located at 1450 E. 27th Street, Merced / 209-384-3300. Special $500.00 move-in credit available through May 31st, 2012. Check us out at www.amiesseniorcare.com ~~~~ Wine Tastingfeaturing Cardella & Vista Wineries Join us at the Italo American Lodge, 1351 W. 18th Street, Merced on March 22nd / 5-9pm / $10 per Person ~~~~ Merced SPCA 16th Annual Dog Walk Held at: Applegate Park at the Zoo entrance 1045 West 25th Street, Merced Saturday, May 5th Registration opens at 9am Walk starts at 10am For more information contact Karyn Johnson 209-658-3637 ~~~~ MERCED COLLEGE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCESAVAILABILITY OF SCHOLARSHIPS The Merced College Foundation has opened up its application period for scholarship awards for the 2012-2013 academic year, announced Foundation Executive Director Robin Shepard. "Through the generosity of our donors, we will be providing nearly $119,000 in 212 scholarships awards to deserving students," Shepard said. Applicants are encouraged to go online to review the scholarship booklet and to download the application by visiting http://www.mccd.edu/services/finaid/scholarships.htm. Applications must be submitted to the Scholarship Office, located in the Lesher Student Services Center, by March 30 at 4 p.m. For more information, contact the Scholarship Office at 209.384.6220. SCHOLARSHIPS 3/2012FOLLOW MERCED COLLEGE ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. ~~~~ ALOHA! HAWAIIAN LUAU VFW ANNUAL FUNDRAISER Support our Troops! All proceeds go towards the Veterans of Foreign Wars Luau is from 5:30pm until 9pm There will be food and a raffle with many prizes along with a film of traditional Hawaiian dancers and music. Your ticket stub will also be entered into a raffle for a prize! Raffle tickets will be sold at the event. Tickets are: $15 each for Adults & $8 for children (12 and under) Tickets will be available at the VFW Hut located at 939 West Main Street, Merced - starting March 1st Monday-Friday from 9am to 12pm or contact Bob at 209-489-2264, Vic 209-386-3284, or John 209-617-1753