Around Town

Around Town (05/21/16)

Vanessa Smith fundraiser

Family and friends of Vanessa Smith, a Winton teen who disappeared in 1997, will hold a fundraiser breakfast on Saturday at Applebee’s in Atwater, 820 Commerce Ave. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the door and must be presented to receive the meal of pancakes, eggs, bacon and a beverage. Proceeds will be used to purchase billboard space to raise awareness about the continuing search for Vanessa. For more information or to volunteer to help, call 209-664-9042.

Kids’ opera

The Merced County Office of Education, Arts UC Merced Presents and the Betty Scalice Foundation will present W.O.O.S.H. (Web of Opera Super Heroes), a children’s mini opera, at 10 a.m. Saturday in Lakireddy Auditorium at UC Merced. Cost for the public performance is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Mural walk

Mariposa Art Company will host a downtown mural walk followed by a free watercolor class 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Email or visit to register. Seating is limited. This workshop is for adults and youths age 12 and older. For more, call 209-354-6067.

Merced dance

The Martin Martinez Jr. Trio plays for the dance 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Merced Senior Community Center, 755 W. 15th St. Cost is $8. Refreshments available. For more, call 209-723-0849 or 209-628-8734.

Adult coed softball

The Livingston Recreation Department is accepting rosters for the adult coed summer softball league through 5 p.m. May 27. Packets are available at City Hall, 1416 C St. in Livingston. Games will be played on Mondays and Fridays, depending on division, at Lil’ Guys ‘n’ Gals Field in Livingston. There’s an eight-team limit per division. Cost is $330.50 per team plus a $20 ASA registration fee. For more call the Recreation Department at 209-394-8830 or go to

Help honor vets

Merced Cemetery is asking for volunteers to join an effort at 8:30 a.m. May 28 at the 1300 B St. cemetery to place a cross and a flag at the graves of all of the veterans. Pizza will be served immediately following. At 10 a.m. May 30 the cemetery plans a ceremony to honor fallen heroes. For more, call 209-383-4111.

Rahilly Park

Merced’s Parks and Recreation Department offers a summer playground program Monday through Friday June 6 through July 29 at Rahilly Park, 3400 Parsons Ave. It is $15 a week, and an additional $10 for extra family members. For more information, call the office at 209-385-6235, visit, find the office on Facebook or stop by the office at 678 W. 18th St.

Merced author

Children’s author Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva, who graduated from Golden Valley High School, will be in Merced to sign copies of her book, “The Broccoli Chronicles,” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 11 at Barnes and Noble, 1720 W. Olive Ave. The novel, her first, won three literary awards. The event is free and open to the public. For more, call 209-386-0571.

Giants vs. Dodgers

Merced Community Services offers a San Francisco Giants bus trip 10:30 a.m. June 11. The bus returns by 11:30 p.m. the same day. The cost is $115 for the trip and the game ticket. For more, call 209-384-6224 or email

Coupons for seniors

The 2016 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupon booklets, which can be redeemed at specific certified farmers markets only, are available to low-income seniors 60 and older. For more on where to get the booklets and where they can be redeemed, contact the Merced Area Agency on Aging at 209-385-7550 or 800-510-2020.

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