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Busy Saturday set for Merced

Pedestrians sit outside Cold Stone Creamery during the Merced Art Hop in downtown Merced in October.
Pedestrians sit outside Cold Stone Creamery during the Merced Art Hop in downtown Merced in October. Sun-Star file

Merced Art Hop, Love Merced and other events this weekend will leave residents with lots of options for ways to spend their time:

Merced Art Hop

For the artsy types, the spring version of Art Hop is set for 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday along Merced’s Main Street, between G and N streets.

This time around, many of the art installations are based on Earth Day, said Kimberly Zamora, one of the day’s organizers. Two displays will mix art and plant life, and fashion shows will incorporate recyclable materials.

The featured artist of the day is clothing designer and visual artist Amy Bianchini, whose work will be on display during fashion shows at 7 and 8 p.m. in Bob Hart Square, where Canal and Main streets meet.

In addition, there will be a performance based on pop icon Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time.” This year continues to mark the first full year the art event has carried its nonprofit status.

For more on Art Hop, go to www.mercedarthop.org.

Love Merced

For those looking to volunteer to help others earlier that day, Love Merced is planned for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Organizers have asked anyone interested in the day of service to sign up at http://lovemerced.com. Volunteers are expected to gather at 8:30 a.m. at the Merced County fairground, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Love Merced is a structured way to get people out of their homes for a few hours to participate in volunteer work. There are cleanup projects for Bear Creek, Rahilly Park, the fairground, and several other parks and streets.

For more, go to the event’s website or Facebook page.

‘Placas’ play

For those who like heavier subject matter when it comes to entertainment, a playwright brings his work dealing with gangs and gang violence to Merced this weekend.

“Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo” by Paul S. Flores is set for 7 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday at the Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door.

The performances in Merced are sponsored by Building Healthy Communities Merced, The California Endowment, UC Merced, Merced Health Equity Project and Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program.

For tickets, call (209) 381-0500.

Spring cleanup

And, for those who are doing some spring cleaning of their own, the Merced County fairground will host Merced’s free e-waste recycling event from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the fairground’s 11th Street parking lot, which is between G and H streets.

During the recycling event, anyone can drop off unwanted electronic items, such as TVs, computer monitors, laptops, computer towers, printers, copiers, fax machines, calculators, stereo systems, telecommunications equipment, network equipment, keyboards, computer mouses, VCRs, DVD players, speakers, cellphones and telephones.

Since 2006, all electronic devices with a cord are banned from California landfills.

For more information on the Spring Cleanup, call the city’s Public Works Department at (209) 385-6800.

Sun-Star staff writer Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or tmiller@mercedsunstar.com.

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