Around Town (1-28-14)

Snow Ball is Friday

Yosemite Winter Club is host of the Snow Ball this year at the Ahwahnee Hotel in the Winter Club Room and Solarium. It starts at 6 p.m. Friday. Tickets for members who buy online are $30, $40 for members at the door and $50 for nonmembers. Price includes appetizers, desserts, three drink tickets and dancing to live music by ‘Jo Mama. Buy online at www.yosemitewinterclub.com.

Chinese New Year party

A Chinese New Year celebration will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Livingston Library, 1212 Main St. Children are invited to a party to celebrate the lunar new year. The Year of the Horse will be honored with story time, activities, prizes and goodies. Seating is limited. For more information, call (209) 394-7330.

Women’s Club potluck

Merced Women’s Club luncheon and monthly meeting will be Feb. 4 at 707 W. 22nd St. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for socializing and the potluck will start at noon. All Merced women are welcome. There is no charge, but the club asks those planning to attend to bring a salad or a hot dish. The program will showcase musical from the ’50s and ’60s. For more information and to RSVP, call (209) 384-5880.

Mental health class

The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a free, 12-week class about the major mental illnesses, their symptoms and treatments and explains ways to increase the prospects of recovery. For more information and registration, call (209) 381-6844, leave a message, and a volunteer will call you back, or email namimerced@aol.com.

MS self-help group

The Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group will meet from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the First Baptist Church, 500 Buena Vista Drive. The presentation “Making Treatment and Lifestyle Decisions: Thinking about Benefits and Risks” will be given by Susan Gumm, RN. For more information, call (209) 631-7279.

Habitat restoration

restoring riparian habitat along the Merced River. The groups will be planting native plants and setting owl and wood duck boxes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at Riverdance Farms, 12230 Livingston Cressey Road, Livingston. For more information, call Matthew from Audubon at (916) 842-0178.