Around Town (1-27-14)

Relay For Life lot sale

Merced Relay for Life Parking Lot Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon March 1 at the Merced High School parking lot on Olive Ave. The proceeds will be used to help prevent cancer, fund research and save lives.

Historical Society meeting

The Merced County Historical Society will hold its annual membership meeting at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Merced County Board of Supervisors’ chamber. At the meeting, a slate of Historical Society officers and board members will be installed, and several awards and grants will be presented to local individuals and organizations for their efforts in preserving and maintaining Merced County history. Keynote speaker Grey Roberts will give a PowerPoint presentation titled “The History of Central California Indian Basketry.” The membership meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the museum at (209) 723-2401 or visit www.mercedmuseum.org.

Small business workshop

There will be a small business workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 at Alliance SBDC, 1810 K St. The workshop is titled “Where’s The Money?” If your are looking for capital to start or expand your business, this workshop will help you. For more information or to register, visit a href="http://www.alliancesbdc.com/merced-trainings" target="_blank">http://www.alliancesbdc.com/merced-trainings or call (209) 386-1008.

Men’s church event

A “game feed” for men will be Tuesday at Yosemite Church, 2230 E. Yosemite Ave, Merced. This event is part of JesusSavesMen Ministries. Buy one ticket at $20 and two men can eat, enjoy fellowship and hear a great story. Dinner will include wild boar, chili, fish, salad, tortillas and dessert. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., dinner is at 7:15, and worship and guest speaker at 8. For more information or tickets, call Polly at (209) 383-5038, ext. 19.

Town hall meetings

The Merced City Council will host a series of town hall meetings: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rivera Middle School, 945 Buena Vista Drive, and 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Tenaya Middle School, 760 W. Eighth St. The meetings will be streamed live online. A link to the meeting is on the city’s home page at www.cityofmerced.org. The city will also video of the meetings to YouTube. Comcast’s Channel 96 will broadcast the meetings live.

Rotary lobster dinner

Atwater Rotary Club will have its annual Lobster Fest dinner at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the APC Hall, Third and Elm streets, Atwater. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Dinner is a 11/2-pound whole lobster with salad, pasta, bread and dessert. No-host bar. The proceeds will benefit youth scholarships, youth programs and the Rotary Foundation. Dinner ticket is $45 For more information, call Roger Wood at (209) 756-7122 or contact any Atwater Rotarian.

Blues concert

The Merced County Arts Council will host Cheryl Lockett in “The Blues of Etta James” concert Feb. 8.The performance will be 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 645 W. Main St. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $25. For more information, call (209) 720-4997.

Love INC fundraiser

Love in the Name of Christ annual dinner-auction fundraiser will be at 5:30 p.m. March 8 at the Gateway Community Church, 353 E. Donna Drive. Tickets are $20 each or $150 for a table of eight. There will be a live auction, silent auction, dessert auction, gift raffle and 50-50 cash raffle. Tickets are available at Hoffmeister Center, 1920 Canal St., Hope Christian Stores, 3144 G St., Suite 145 or online at a href="http://www.loveinmerced.com" target="_blank">loveinmerced.com. For more information, call Love INC at (209) 383-7034, ext. 120

Student orientation

Merced High School will hold a parent-student orientation for incoming ninth-graders at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in the gym. This is an opportunity for parents and students to meet administrators, counselors, teachers and coaches and get information about the transition to high school. Students will be able to choose elective courses and submit important contact information to the school. For more information, contact Merced High Counseling Department at (209) 385-6495.