An evening of praise and worship featuring William McDowell is set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St. Tickets start at $20. For more, call 209-381-0500, go to www.mercedtheatre.org or stop by the box office.
The Merced Parks and Recreation Department plans a showing of “Minions” at dusk on Friday, June 3, at Rudolph Merino Park, Pacific Drive and El Redondo Avenue. The films are free and open to the public. Staffers recommend viewers bring chairs, a blanket or something else to sit on. For more, call 209-385-6232.
The Merced County Fair is June 8-12 at the fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Concerts from Lone Star, Tower of Power, Jimmy Needham and other concerts. For details, call 209-722-1506 or go to www.MercedCountyFair.com.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” premieres at Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. at 7:30 p.m. June 10. Tickets are $10 for students, and $15-$22 general. They can be purchased by calling Playhouse Merced at 209-725-8587 or going to playhousemerced.com.
Free art classes for children ages 3 to 5 are planned at the Epekel Art Gallery, 1733 Canal St. in Merced. They are 5-7 p.m. June 10, 17, 24. To register for the limited seats, call Kimberly Zamora at 209-658-0661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 3-6 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.
Arts & Spirits
The Merced County Arts Council and Arbor Gallery plans Art & Spirits on the third Friday of each month. The next evening of wine and painting is 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 17. Artist Rose Tripp will instruct; refreshments and supplies are included in the $35 charge. Space is limited. Call the Multicultural Arts Center at 209-388-1090 or email email@example.com.
Merced Shakes has set auditions for its 2016 summer play, the comedy “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” at 10:30 a.m. June 18 at Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St. in Merced. At least 18 actors and actresses are needed. There will be cold reading of scenes; a prepared Shakespearean monologue is welcome, but not mandatory. Performances will be outdoors in September. For more, call 209-723-3265 or go to www.mercedshakespearefest.org.