Around Town (1-23-14)

Soccer tryouts

Atwater Competitive Soccer Tryouts are being held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the back soccer fields at Atwater High School, 2201 Fruitland Ave., and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at McSwain Elementary School, 926 Scott Road. For more information, call Mike Ruiz at (209) 658-8801 or email atwatercompetitive@gmail.com.

MS self-help group

The Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group will be meeting from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the First Baptist Church, 500 Buena Vista Drive. A presentation supported by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society entitled “Making Treatment and Lifestyle Decisions: Thinking about Benefits and Risks” will be delivered by the group facilitator, Susan Gumm, RN. For more information, call (209) 631-7279.

Habitat restoration

Members of Audubon, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, and East Merced Resource Conservation District will be helping restore valuable riparian habitat along the Merced River, and they need your help. Friends, family, and young ones are welcome. The groups will be planting native plant species and setting owl and wood duck boxes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at Riverdance Farms, 12230 Livingston Cressey Road, Livingston. For more information, call Matthew from Audubon at (916) 842-0178.

Cancer survivors

Pathways Towards Recovery is a free, eight-week restorative wellness program for post-treatment adult cancer survivors and caregivers. The program runs from 3 to 4 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 4 through March 26 at Mercy Medical Center Pavilion, 333 Mercy Ave., Merced.

Reading Society

The Merced Reading Society will meet at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Barnes & Noble in Merced. Members will discuss “The Bostonians” by Henry James. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, call Marilyn at (209) 725-1868 or email mkolar95340@aol.com.

SPCA luncheon

The Merced Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is having a Valentine luncheon from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at Los Panchos Restaurant, 2971 G St. The meal includes a tostada or enchiladas with rice, beans, drink and dessert for $15. There will be raffle tickets and gift baskets available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the animals at the SPCA shelter, 1021 E. Childs Ave. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (209) 384-7722 or (209) 723-8953.

SPCA meetings

The Merced Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. (except when the first Monday is a holiday) at the First Baptist Church, 500 Buena Vista Drive. For more information, call (209) 723-8953 or (209) 384-7722.