Merced Arts Council seeks visual artists, announces programs and events

VISUAL ARTISTS WANTEDThe Merced County Arts Council is accepting entries to exhibit at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center. To find out how to submit your work, visit www.artsMerced.org. SAVEMART CARDSIf you are using your SaveMart SHARES card when you grocery shop, then THANK YOU for so far raising almost $1,000 this fiscal year! Don't forget to use your cards when you start your holiday shopping. It doesn't cost you extra, and it means the world to the Arts Council. SMILE!Got pictures from a recent Arts Council event you want to share? Send them to programs@artsMerced.org. Remember: an arts center can only exist in a community that supports it. If you can, donate online at www.artsMerced.org, either in installments (say $10/month) or in one lump sum. Every penny counts!

Merced Library Launches Adopt-A-Book ProgramBeginning in December of 2011, the Merced County Library will launch its first ever Adopt-A-Book program, in which members of the community can support the library with a $25.00 donation that will go toward the addition of a new book or DVD to any of the 16 Merced County libraries. A bookplate with an inscription of the donor's choosing will be placed inside the cover. The adoptee will receive a thank-you letter, receipt (the donation is tax deductible) and a picture of the bookplate in the mail. Adopt-A-Book forms are available at all Merced County libraries, and may be downloaded and printed from the Merced County Library website at www.mercedcountylibrary.org. For more information, please contact the Merced County Library Adopt-A-Book program at (209) 385-7311 ext. 4085. Ericka Carr, Children's LibrarianMerced County LibraryJenni Samuelson Returns to UC Merced Soprano Jenni Samuelson returns to UC Merced for An Evening of Song with Jenni on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Lakireddy Auditorium, 5200 N. Lake Road, Merced. The all-new, eclectic program will be filled with gems from the world of musical theater and classical concert halls, as well as contemporary standards and comedic cabaret pieces. Tickets are $20 General Admission/$10 Students and are available at Christina's Fine Clothing (2852 G Street - Bear Creek Galleria) or online at arts.ucmerced.edu. For more information, please call 209.658.8118 or 209.228.4566.World Dance Class Beginning January 26, the Merced County Arts Council will offer World Dance classes on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 pm. Suggested donations are $40 for 6 weeks or $7 per class; 2 for 1 (bring family or friend); Youth and children (with adult) free. The class teaches basic line, circle and couple dances from around the world. Dances progress from beginner to intermediate level dances. No dance partner necessary! The class is designed to have fun, exercise, and to meet new friends! You'll find the instruction very supportive and non-intimidating. You'll also learn about the opportunities to perform these dances with other California communities - even to live music! Sign up at class. Fun, healthy low impact exercise, and new friends! Entrance at 6:30 pm will be through the back of the Merced County Arts Center at 645 West Main Street. Go up to the 3rd Floor. See you there! For more information contact instructor Memo Keswick at 209-723-4016 or memok@saber.net.

Golden Valley men's Barbershop ChorusThe Golden Valley Men's Barbershop Chorus is having its annual SINGING VALENTINES event on February 14th, a Tuesday. Want to please your Sweetie? Tired of the "same old" Valentine ideas? For only $40, your special person will receive a silk rose, a special card, a photo of the object of your affection surrounded by a Barbershop Quartet singing a very special romantic song!! We will be delivering our "Valengrams" from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. See our web site at gvc.org.Sound interesting? Call 209 383-3808 for information or a reservation for a time slot on Valentine's Day. Voice and Fine Art Enrichment Experience Workshops by Cheryl Lockett

Discover your power through music! Vocal EnrichmentPrivate Lessons and WorkshopsVocal Recognition: Discover the voice and how to resonate a unique sound with perfect pitch, intonation and quality using proper breath support.Ages: 7-Adult, Levels: Beg/Int/Adv Shakers and Rainmakers An Instrument Making and Rhythm Experience WorkshopsCreate percussion instruments as Fine Art from natural earth and recycled product.K-12, Adults For more information contact Cheryl Lockett @ (916) 529-4973, www.calijazz.com.Singers Company for children this fall

Singers Company is a non-competitive musical dance performing group for preschool through elementary-age girls. It provides a fun environment to increase music and dance ability, strengthen confidence and make friends.Through weekly practices and seasonal performances, every girl gets the chance to be a star! Wendy has been involved with musical performance her whole life, and loves watching young girls find confidence through music and dance. See what Singers Company is all about in this short video clip. Wendy Spencer209-722-7897wendy@singerscompany.comwww.singerscompany.com