Around Town: Park dedication

The Richard Bernasconi Neighborhood Park dedication to be held on Feb. 13 was canceled because of bad weather and rescheduled for April 24.

The park honors Richard Bernasconi, the late mayor of Merced. The park includes a lighted concrete pedestrian walk path, separated shaded play structures for ages 2-5 years and 5 and older, two baseball fields with regulation infields and dugouts, two full-size basketball courts, concrete stairways, a park overlook, benches, drinking fountains, bike racks, a large multi-use open-space field, landscaping, and a 12-foot maintenance access ramp.


Path of the Padres

The staff at San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area will lead the popular Path of the Padres hikes on some Fridays and most Saturdays and Sundays through April 19. Hikes are open to the public, ages 6 and older, by advanced reservation only. Tours leave the boat launch ramp at 8 a.m. and return about 3:30 p.m. This hike is moderately strenuous and takes about five hours. Water and lunch should be carried by the hikers. For more information, or to make a reservation, call (209) 826-1197.


MAGA Tournament

The Rancho Del Rey Golf Course will host the Merced Chapter of Mexican American Golf Association tournament starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Fees are $65 and includes green fee, cart and gift bag. Call for reservations, (209) 384-8532, (209) 658-9392, (209) 383-5280, (209) 261-4212 or send your entry to Manny Madrid, 2965 Dunn Road, Merced, 95340. This is a mandatory tournament for Central Council Chapters.


Outdoor camp funded

Mitchell K-6 Elementary School will host its second annual car show/book fair from 4:30 to 7 p.m. March 20 at the school, 1761 Grove Ave.

Come enjoy oldies music and buy pizza, soda and water sold by the sixth graders to help fund sixth-grade outdoor camp. All proceeds from book sale will go to the library.


Music Fest

The third annual Music of Merced Festival will have more than 30 different local musical groups performing from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on April 25 on the top floor of the recently completed Parking Garage at 18th and M streets.

There will be vendors, food, gifts, women's and kid's clothing, drinks, sporting goods, musical goods, artists and artisans, cruises, businesses, craftsmen and more. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students with ID and $10 for children younger than 12. For more information, call (209) 631-0453.


Lenten renewal

The Rev. Jim Nibet returns to St. Joseph's Catholic church in Mariposa to present a Lenten Renewal Mission through Thursday at St. Joseph's, 4985 Bullion St. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and there will be different talks each day.

For more information, call (209) 966-2522.


Gang awareness

The gang awareness workshops will start again on Thursday at Gracey School, 945 West Ave. from 6 to 7 p.m.

They will take place each week at a different school through April 16. For more information, call (209) 385-6232.

If you would like to have your event announced in the Around Town column, send your information to Connie Hodges at least one week prior to the event, at chodges@mercedsun-star.com. Items run according to space available.