Around Town (11-10-14)

Free meals for veterans

Castle Air Museum is partnering with Home Town Buffet in Merced to offer veterans a free meal on Veterans Day. Veterans are also encouraged to come out to the Castle Air Museum on that day and receive free admission in honor of their service. The offer does not apply to family members or friends of the veterans. For more information, call (209) 723-2178.

Retired Women luncheon

The Merced College Retired Women will meet for its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at La Hacienda 2, 3355 G St. Plans will be made for the group’s Christmas luncheon. Bring ideas and available dates. Share the information with women who have retired, as the retiree list hasn’t been updated in several years.

United Way coat drive

The United Way is sponsoring a coat drive to benefit those in need in the community. Please donate new or slightly used coats to United Way of Merced County at 658 W. Main St. They can be dropped off starting today, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Staged reading of ‘Titus’

Merced Shakes will present a staged reading of the Shakespeare tragedy “Titus Andronicus” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main Street. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, call (209) 723-3265.

Chamber dinner, auction

The Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce will hold its 27th annual Cioppino Dinner and Auction on Friday at St. Patrick’s Hall, 671 E. Yosemite Ave. Individual tickets are $50, table of eight $400, and Gold Sponsor $600. A Gold Sponsor includes a table of eight with complimentary drink tickets and advertising in the dinner program. Doors open at 5 p.m., silent auction at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. For more information, call (209) 384-7092.

Holiday craft fair

A Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 500 Buena Vista Drive. The event will include vendors, food booths, free prizes and more.

Youth Council application

The deadline to apply for a position on the Merced Youth Council is Saturday. Applicants must live in Merced and be between the ages of 13 and 19. Applications are available at, from Youth Council members and from local high schools. Completed applications can be turned in to Youth Council members or the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, 678 W. 18th St. For more information, go to the website or call (209) 385-6298.

Drivers for veterans

Disabled American Veterans is looking for men and women to be volunteer drivers for veterans. Volunteering to drive a veteran ensures that even those living remotely from Veterans Affairs hospitals can make medical appointments. DAV provides vehicles and fuel. For more information, call (559) 225-6100, ext. 6907.

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