Around Town: Square dance

The Boots and Slippers Club will form a New Square Dance group from 7 to 8:30 p.m., which started Monday, and registering for the next two Mondays at the Stratford Evans Reception Hall. For ages 12 and older. For more information call 209-357-0727, 209-722-5315 or 209-761-3800.


Shop Merced

The Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce has launched a "Shop Merced" campaign to promote and support the local economy. You also have the opportunity to win a new Chevrolet Colorado crew cab pickup valued at over $30,000. The truck will also be loaded with products from local businesses in Merced. Raffle tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Chamber or call 209-384-7092 for other locations and more information. Winner will be announced at the grand finale at Merced Mall at 1 p.m. on Oct. 13.


Parenting classes offered

Sierra Vista Child and Family Services announced that they will be offering free Parenting Support/Education Classes and free Children's Workshops (for children ages 2-5). The classes will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. for six weeks, which began Tuesday, through Oct. 16. each Tuesday at 642 W. Main St. Parents with children age five or younger are eligible to attend. for more information call 209-205-1058.


Uniformed services meets

The San Joaquin Chapter of the National Association for Uniformed Services will meet at 10 a.m. on Sept. 15 at 5050 Santa Fe Dr. Su Briggs will be the speaker. The public is invited to attend. For more information call 209-358-0266 or 209-723-8274.


Writing teachers gather

Kindergarten through community college teachers are invited to the UC Merced Writing Project's 2007-2008 Saturday Outreach Series to learn more about best practices for teaching to the California State Writing Standards.

More than 100 teachers countywide have already taken part in previous SOS sessions. The first session in the new series will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Merced Tri-College Center, Community College Drive and G Street, Bldg TC-1. The Saturday Outreach Series will continue one Saturday a month through April 2008. Teachers can participate in any or all sessions, and parking is free. Costs $50. One unit for three Saturdays or two units for a minimum of six sessions are available at a reasonable price. Teachers are advised to contact their school administrators for more information.

For more information 209-381-6559.


'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'

The 1986 comedy "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" will be shown at the historic Merced Theatre at 8 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara and Jennifer Grey.

Ticket are $5 for either day and are available at the Theatre box office.

Tickets are available at the Theatre box office at 301 W. Main St. For more information call 209-722-3266.

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