The California Straw Arts Guild will hold its state convention in Merced for the first time Feb. 3-5. There will be a trade show that will showcase items made of straw for display and also for sale on Sunday, Feb. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express. There will be “Make it-Take it” which gives visitors an opportunity to have a hands-on experience of doing wheat weaving.
On Mondays, Jan. 13, 20, and 27 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., there will be Beginning Straw Weaving Classes held at the Merced United Methodist Church on 899 Yosemite Park Way. They will be taught by Donna Hall who has worked in the straw arts for more than 25 years. Class size will be limited and participants must register before classes start. Interested persons can call (209) 761-6467.